Office of the Surgeon General: Community Planning & Design Matter!

(Originally published on 08/29/14)

The Building Bridges project offers cross-sector professional development opportunities for people in public health, planning, architecture, transportation engineering, and related fields, with the goal of increasing the workforce’s capacity to promote healthy community design. With funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Building Bridges partners – American Public Health Association, American Planning Association, National Network of Public Health Institutes, and Georgia Institute of Technology – have worked together to foster networking and collaboration among leaders in these fields, as well as develop extensive online resources and model curricula. The Building Bridges project will support health and planning professionals in the effort to achieve healthy and safe community environments, as recommended in the National Prevention Strategy.

Visit the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse to find lessons and resources that students and professors can use in the academic setting, as well as training materials and resources for practitioners who wish to enhance their skills. To learn about other organizations advancing the National Prevention Strategy across the country, go to the Surgeon General’s website at For information on CDC’s Healthy Community Design initiative, visit

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