Transportation / Intermodality / Complete Streets

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B09 - From Policy to Practice: Strategies for Bringing Health into Design

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


We will discuss the importance the built environment has on the five elements that shape health, new federal recommendations for built environment interventions to increase physical activity, and new tools and data sources to assess and map a community’s existing health status using GIS.

Learning Objectives:

Tom R. Tavella

Tavella Design Group

Tom Tavella is a past president of ASLA and a principal at Alta Planning + Design and has more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, landscape architecture, and urban design. He skillfully manages design teams to prepare feasibility studies, master plans, and site plans for downtown redevelopments, streetscapes, parks, and plazas. His ability to work with civil engineers, architects, and contractors enables him to achieve functional and aesthetic design solutions. Tom consistently embraces sustainable philosophies and technologies and is a strong proponent of healthy communities through design.


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Chris Saleeba

Senior Design Associate
Alta Planning + Design

Chris is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning Design in Seattle. With a background in public health and landscape architecture he brings a health-focused perspective to the practice of urban planning and design. In his work he focuses on how planning and design can transform the health of communities through increased access to high quality active transportation options. Chris leads Alta’s health and equity service area. Chris is a licensed landscape architect and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington.


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Miguel A. Vazquez

Healthy Communities Urban and Regional Planner
County of Riverside Department of Public Health

Miguel Angel is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at the County of Riverside Department of Public Health is to strengthen the integration of planning and health through collaboration with non-traditional partners, including high school students through the Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) project. Miguel received a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from California State Northridge and is a Fellow of the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. In 2014, he was selected as Loeb Fellowship finalist at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.


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Tracy Delaney


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SUN-B09 - From Policy to Practice: Strategies for Bringing Health into Design

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