Plan4Health looks toward healthier living


Published: April 15, 2016

UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH) Adjunct Instructor and Practice ExperienceMelissa Oden APA Liaison Melissa Oden, DHEd, recently attended the American Planning Association’s (APA) national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in a panel discussion on building collaborations and the Plan4Health grant that she has been involved with for the last 18 months.

Dr. Oden was invited to speak on behalf of the Austin Plan4Health 2015-2016 cohort and as a leadership representative of the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA).  She recently assumed the role of TPHA President for this coming year.

The Austin project was one of only three programs to be highlighted at the conference.

The Plan4Health community envisions the full integration of planning and public health where communities live, work and play.

Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for active living.

Dr. Oden has been invited to the APA Texas Chapter’s state conference in November to represent the second Plan4Health cohort, related to the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration.