Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
At MAPC, we integrate public health perspectives into our work: from planning projects to data collection and analysis to policy development. MAPC is on the forefront of linking health and planning to help make our communities safe, healthy, and equitable.
We seek to ensure that the region’s residents, whatever their income, education, or ethnic background, can live the healthiest lives possible. Through our work, we seek to increase access to open space, healthy food, and active transportation, to sustain violence-free communities with safe and stable housing, to support equal access to health services, and to limit exposures to pollution and environmental contaminants. Our work relies heavily on a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach.
There is a strong link between health outcomes in communities and issues such as transportation, economic development, housing, energy, climate change, and the environment. MAPC works closely with cities, towns, regional groups, and community partners to encourage health community design through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies.
MAPC’s Public Health Committee meets regularly to discuss current and emerging health priorities at MAPC.