Resolving to View City Planning as ‘Preventative Medicine’ | Planetizen
Jason Coburn issues an indictment of the “community malpractice” by policy-makers that’s led to America’s glaring health inequalities, and argues that 2013 must be the year that planning works towards improving the living conditions of the poor.
In light of urban America’s enduring inequities in “life expectancy, disease and disability by racial and ethnic groups and neighborhood location,” Corburn, an associate professor at Cal Berkeley’s School of Public Health & Department of City & Regional Planning, argues that “2013 must be the year we all view community development and city planning as ‘preventative medicine.'”
Coburn then goes on to recommend the routine use of the Health Equity Impact Assessment as a planning tool.