Help the AIA promote healthy communities

Nation’s planners, designers, builders, public health and park professionals promote collaboration to advance healthier, more walkable communities

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) joined with seven other major design and public health organizations in order to support the Promote Healthy Communities Joint Call to Action. The joint collaboration is a way to more aggressively combat America's epidemic of non-communicable disease, such as such as obesity, diabetes and asthma.

The Promote Healthy Communities Joint Call to Action brings together 450,000 professionals who recognize that the built environment—the way a community is designed and built from its buildings and public spaces to how we travel between communities—is a key determinant of health. Working together will sustain momentum towards the common objective of creating and sustaining healthy buildings and spaces.

The collaboration addresses four key points:

  • creating and foster partnerships that advance health
  • building and understanding of health data and establishment of measurable health objectives for plans and projects
  • advancing policies, programs, and systems that promote community health, well-being and equity
  • communicating the importance of health

The other organizations supporting Promote Healthy Communities Joint Call to Action include: the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Recreation and Park Association, the US Green Building Council, and the Urban Land Institute.

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