Place Matters: Working together to create healthy communities


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The environments where we live, work, play and learn influence our physical and mental health.

Oregon Health Authority presents

Place Matters: Working together to create healthy communities
November 19-21, 2014, in Portland

  • Building a movement – joining forces and sharing best practices for community-based policy decisions that support equity and health;
  • Supportive environments – creating community conditions that promote health and healthy options through policy and system change; and
  • Collective impact – using partnerships and collaboration across sectors to work toward the common goal of creating healthy communities.

This conference is for you if you are:

  • In public health, worksite wellness, health care delivery, mental health, alcohol and drug addiction treatment;
  • A tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition or obesity prevention advocate;
  • A health care provider or administrator who is part of Oregon’s transformation to Coordinated Care Organizations;
  • In transportation, land use planning, economic development, social justice;
  • In education; or
  • A community member or organizer ready to take action.

A good read: Streetsblog USA

Do you ever wonder what’s going on at the national level with transportation topics? Looking for well-written, topical, one-stop shop on transportation, place-making, smart growth, or livable streets updates from around the country? Streetsblog USA is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.

… cities aren’t waiting around to build safer, more multi-modal streets. Mayors are tossing aside the cars-first approach to transportation policy, local governments are shedding 1960s-era regulations that prioritize space for automobiles above space for people, and grassroots advocates are winning battles to bring down highways. With or without support from Congress, great ideas for city streets are popping up everywhere …

Streetsblog USA is reporting on them. Enjoy!

Webinar on 12/12: Tacoma’s Path to STAR Certification


Interested in hearing more about STAR communities from a peer community that has now successfully completed the process?

STAR Communities: Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities

Thursday, December 12th from 11am-noon PST Kristin Lynett of the City of Tacoma, WA, will discuss the steps she took to get the city prepared to become the first community certified in the STAR Community Rating System. To register for the webinar, click here. This program will be recorded and shared on STAR Communities’ website for those unable to attend in person.