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.​


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


Jim Sellen, MSP
Florida Planning Practice Leader
jsellen@vhb.com



"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, Planning
kschwartz@vhb.com​​​



"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."​
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Click here​ to view the Healthy Community Design and Inner-City Revitalization Presentation made by Ken Schwartz and Curt Ostrodka at the APA National Conference on April 20.


Pioneering wellness design:

Our team regularly partners with Dr.
Richard Jackson, author of Making Healthy Places, and pioneer in the field of wellness design. He was an advisor on one of VHB’s recent projects, the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan in Orlando, Florida.​

 

 

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 DesignDeveloped based on the results of the Healthy Community Design Workshop hosted by VHB, the University of Central Florida COHPA, MetroPlan Orlando, and Healthy Central Florida on December 11, 2015.https://www.vhb.com/Documents/VHB_HealthyCommunities_WhitePaper_Publish.pdf
563The Economic Promise of Healthy Community Designhttps://www.vhb.com/Documents/HCD_MASTERPPT_FINAL-091416.pdf
523VHB’s Virginia Beach and Orlando Offices Join Together to Host “The Economic Promise of Healthy Community Design”
476DDOT Selects VHB to Conduct Livability Study in Washington, DCStudy purpose is to promote safe travel and improve transportation options in Southeast DC
465VHB Perspectives on Future Cities, Healthy Communities and Autonomous Vehicles in ENR Top 500 Cover StoryMike Carragher, Mike McArdle, and Ken Schwartz Featured in April 2016 Engineering News-Record Magazine.https://www.vhb.com/Documents/C49868%20final%20eprint.pdf
390Meghan Houdlette Named to Healthy Cumberland County Advisory Board
387Connecting Public Health and TransportationLeslie Meehan, speaker at VHB's recent Healthy Communities Workshop in Orlando, Florida, shares her insight in TR News on Health Impact Assessments—a topic of conversation during the workshop.https://www.vhb.com/Documents/TRB%20Article-Meehan-2015.pdf