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James Rausse, AICP; President, American Planning Association- New York Metro Chapter (APA- NY Metro); 646.963.9229; president@nyplanning.org 

Roberta Rewers, APA, 312.786.6395; rrewers@planning.org

Live Well Kingston Receives Grant Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – The Live Well Kingston coalition has received a $125,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease— lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. 

Plan4Health is a 15-month program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

“This is an exciting new opportunity to improve the health of our communities through diverse partnerships,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Collaboration is key if we want to continue to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all residents.” 

“We are proud to partner with the NYS Public Health Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley to promote active living in Kingston, NY,” said James Rausse, AICP, President of the APA- NY Metro Chapter. “Targeted education and outreach are crucial in improving Kingston’s access to fresh food and reducing its chronic disease and obesity rates. Strong partnerships like this will accomplish these goals.” 

"The New York State Public Health Association works to promote and protect the public's health and we see tremendous potential for what this coalition can achieve in the the City of Kingston," said Erin Sinisgalli, Executive Director of NYSPHA, "This unique partnership will help us to bridge the silos that often exist in our work and bring together non-traditional partners to achieve better health for all." 

“As the facilitator of Live Well Kingston, the city’s health coalition, we are delighted work with APANYMetro and NYSPHA on our road to building a sustainable collaboration for a healthier Kingston. We know they will bring valuable resources and technical assistance that will accelerate the success of our coalition and community in our efforts,” noted Lydia Reidy, Executive Director of CCEUC. 

Mayor Shayne Gallo said, “The City of Kingston is pleased that additional resources have been leveraged for Live Well Kingston, our health coalition. This opportunity will strengthen and highlight the partnerships we are building throughout the city to create a healthier environment for all residents and businesses. The Kingston Connectivity Project, a Complete Streets infrastructure effort, and other city efforts to build a healthier food system for everyone will be reinforced by Live Well Kingston."

Eighteen coalitions were selected for the Plan4Health program after a competitive review process. The program is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy. 

Live Well Kingston 

Kingston, New York 

Live Well Kingston, a city-endorsed coalition of public and private partners, aims to encourage active living in and out of the workplace through expansion of Complete Streets policies, trails, and other recreation building capacities. Simultaneously, the coalition seeks to improve access to and utilization of healthy food through the coalition’s Eat Well Focus Team. 

Coalition Grant Partners: APA-NY Metro Chapter, NYS Public Health Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, The Community Heart Health Coalition of Ulster County of The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley.

Coalition Members: Rose Women’s Care Center, Family of Woodstock, Ulster County Department of Health, Ulster BOCES, the Institute of Family Health, the Kingston Land Trust, Bike-Friendly Kingston, the Kingston Complete Streets Advisory Council, the YMCA of Kingston, ShopRite of Kingston, the City of Kingston Mayor’s Office, and the City’s Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, and Planning Departments. 

In addition to Live Well Kingston being selected, the following 17 coalitions also received funding: 

1. Eastern Highlands Health District Community Health Response Team; Eastern Highlands, Connecticut 

2. Healthy Savannah, Inc.; Chatham County, Georgia 

3. Health Transformers; Vista Neighborhood, Boise, Idaho 

4. B-Well Bensenville Plan4Heath Coalition; Bensenville, Illinois 

5. Kane County Planning Cooperative; Kane County, Illinois 

6. Reach Healthy Communities; Columbus, Indiana 

7. Health by Design; Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana 

8. Planning Healthy Iowa Communities; Linn County, Iowa 

9. Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition; Kenton County, Kentucky 

10. Inner Core Community Health Improvement Coalition; Metro Boston, Massachusetts 

11. Healthy Eating, Active Living Partnership – Active Living Workgroup; St. Louis, Missouri 

12. Plan4Health – Nashua, an initiative of the Greater Nashua Public Health Network; Nashua, New Hampshire 

13. Trenton Healthy Communities Initiative; Trenton, New Jersey 

14. Columbus Public Health – Chronic Disease Prevention Advisory Board; Columbus, Ohio 

15. Plan 4 Health Summit County; Summit County, Ohio 

16. Austin-Vámonos Rundberg Coalition; Rundberg Neighborhood, Austin, Texas 

17. Capital Region Healthy Communities, Dane County, Wisconsin 

For more information about the Plan4Health program, visit www.plan4health.us or follow the hashtag #Plan4Health on Twitter. 

The American Planning Association is an independent, not- for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org

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