WHO Resource Database Links Planning and Public Health

The directory aims to help governments and organizations improve planning practices to build healthier, more resilient communities.

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March 21, 2024, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a resource directory to help planners and officials build healthier environments and reduce air pollution in urban spaces. “The directory, comprising nearly 200 open-access resources, serves as a vital online repository which offers invaluable insights and tools to promote the creation of healthier environments and enhance the well-being of communities worldwide.”

In a press release, the WHO highlights the link between planning and public health. “The way we plan and build our cities, towns or neighborhoods plays a big role in health promotion and disease prevention. Prioritizing health in the planning and design of our living environments is crucial to reduce health risks and improve the well-being of all communities.”

The directory is designed to be a centralized repository of resources such as “tools that quantify the health and/or socioeconomic impact of planning and designing urban areas from a health perspective,” successful examples, and training materials and webinars on urban planning and health.

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