4. We Build Our Environment

Richard Jackson on Built Environment


Richard Jackon, author of 3 books on the built environment & public health, and host of the PBS series Designing Healthy Communities, discusses the federal silos of housing, transportation, food policy, health, and indoor air quality.

Self-Gentrification in the Bronx


Majora Carter embraces the idea of “self-gentrification” in her native South Bronx. She’s hired local gamers to test software for major tech outfits and opened the first boutique coffee shop in Hunts Point, a neighborhood that she swore she would leave forever.


American Planning Association

APA’s Planning and Community Health Center advances practices that improve human environments to promote public health through active living, healthy eating, and health in all planning policies. Through applied research, partnerships, and education, this center supports the integration of health into planning practice at all levels.

American Public Health Association

APHA believes everyone deserves healthy communities where everyone has a safe and healthy home, everyone has access to safe and healthy food and decision-makers consider health and equity when making transportation and land-use decision. APHA works with partners like America Walks, Safe Routes to School National Partnership and others to promote active transportation. They also partner with the American Planning Association on Plan4Health, which encourages sustainable, cross-sector coalitions working with communities to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for active living.

Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse

The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse is a collaboration between the Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of the National Prevention Strategy and Healthy Community Design Program, National Network of Public Health Institutes, the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center, and the American Public Health Association. The group works to build bridges between public health and the community design/built environment fields through the development of resources and educational opportunities.

City Farmer News

For the past 38 years, City Farmer has encouraged urban dwellers to pull up a patch of lawn and plant some vegetables, kitchen herbs and fruit. The website holds a collection of stories about such farming initiatives at City Farmer in Vancouver, Canada, and about urban farmers from around the world.

HOPE Collaborative

HOPE (Health for Oakland’s People and Environment) Collaborative is a community collaborative working towards policy and systems change to promote the health and well-being of families and youth in the most vulnerable communities of East and West Oakland. Their mission is to advance racial, economic, and health equity in Oakland via work in food systems, built environment, and community/youth engagement.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust creates small, accessible urban parks and gardens that help remedy the critical lack of green and recreational spaces in greater Los Angeles’ underserved neighborhoods, and ensures participation and collaboration among low-income residents throughout the process of envisioning, building and managing the parks and gardens we create.


Building Healthy Communities through Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) is a community capacity building project designed to empower communities across the eastern Coachella Valley. LUPA is designed to foster critical thinking, civic dialogue and civic engagement as avenues to influence decision making in land use planning for the advancement of better and greater health outcomes.

National Collaborative for Health Equity

NCHE, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the GWU of Washington, D.C; and Prevention Institute of Oakland, CA will take stock of public health departments’ practices and policies related to equity, community engagement, and social determinants of health.

Policy Link

PolicyLink and the Center for Health Equity and Place seeks to create the economic, social, and physical characteristics needed for healthy communities in all neighborhoods, with a focus on the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. It is dedicated to achieving and institutionalizing health equity by supporting key stakeholders with technical assistance, policy advocacy tools, research and data analysis, and coalition-building consultation.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with bicycling and walking to school and beyond. They advance policy change; catalyze support with a network of more than 750 partner organizations, as well as schools, policy makers, and grassroots supporters.


SAJE is a 501c3 non-profit organization in South Los Angeles. Since 1996 SAJE has advocated for economic justice in their community focusing on tenant rights, healthy housing, and equitable development. SAJE has taken slumlords to court, established a land trust, and helped implement innovative popular education programs.


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