Trending: Healthy Communities​

Can the planning, design, and engineering of communities contribute to a healthier society? Most definitely. In fact, VHB integrates healthy community design principles into our planning practice for cities, corridors, and neighborhoods.​

Healthy Community Design Spotlight

Meet Curt Ostrodka.

Curt is the Director of Community Planning in VHB’s Orlando, Florida office. He is also a champion of incorporating Healthy Community Design principles into neighborhood revitalization and planning communities that are designed to encourage people to live healthy lives. Curt integrated Healthy Community Design principles for the City of Orlando’s Parramore Comprehensive Plan, an award winning neighborhood revitalization plan that balances the preservation of cultural heritage with the need for economic development.

“One of the most important things when planning a healthy community is to respect the history of a neighborhood including the existing community assets. I really enjoy engaging with residents one on one to learn what makes the neighborhood special," said Curt Ostrodka, AICP, LEED AP.​

As part of our overall commitment to health, VHB held a 10-week Step Challenge to encourage staff to get moving. VHBers collectively took 124,874,376 steps. Curt’s total steps in 2017 so far – 1,466,122!

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If you'd like to learn more about our approach to Healthy Community Design, connect with:

Jim Sellen, MSP
Florida Planning Practice Leader

"Public health is no longer solely the business of health professionals. There is a relationship between our built environment and our health."

Ken Schwartz, A​​ICP, NCICS​
Senior Vice President,

"Safe, affordable housing is essential to a healthy community, as well as designing areas that support physical activity, safe bike lanes, accessible recreation areas, mixed land uses, and access to transit."​​ 



8012017 Healthy Community Design SymposiumFor the third consecutive year, VHB gathered colleagues, clients, and industry leaders to discuss the impacts of the built environment on public health. Click here to see the presentations.
716VHBers Participate in Planners4Health Roundtable in New York
704Meet Greg Bakos
694Check out the Healthy Community Design and Inner-City Revitalization Presentation made by Ken Schwartz and Curt Ostrodka at last year's APA National Conference.
683Greg Bakos Talks Healthy Community Design in New Hampshire Town and City Magazine
616Case Study: Growing Central Florida’s First Agrihood
604Encouraging a Culture of Collaboration—VHB Hosts Economic Promise of Healthy Community Design Symposium
590A VHB White Paper: The Economic Promise of Healthy Community DesignIncorporating Healthy Community Design into the planning and design of transportation improvements.
563The Economic Promise of Healthy Community Design

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