The 6th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference is the best opportunity in North Carolina for professionals and local elected officials to gather together and learn how to create healthy communities! This year’s conference featured a morning keynote by Sarah Langdon, Project Manager for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She shared her experience in improving community health in disadvantaged and under-served communities. Sarah led participants in a discussion on how health equity is an essential component to planning for healthy communities.


Presentations are linked below

Agenda: 2018 Conference Agenda

The Role of Community in Promoting Health Equity-Sarah Langdon

Engaging the Community to Achieve Health Equity-Chrystal Joy & Donyel Barber

Building Livable Places Through TrailsErin Gillespie, Katie Lloyd & Brian Baker

Expanding Individual Mobility and access Through Bike and Scooter Share Programs-Scott Curry, Michael Applegate, & CJ Shaw

Advancing Economic Growth Through Food SystemsJared Cates & Tom Warshauer

Preparing Our Communities for an Aging PopulationRebecca Herbert & Linda Miller

Curbing the Impacts: How Opioids Are Impacting Local GovernmentDr. Velma TaorminaDr. Todd Davis, Alan Cloninger, & Tammy & Nazrul Chowdhury

Additional Resources: 

NC Opioid Action Plan

Additional webinar on statewide opioid data aired on the same day as the 2018 Planning for Healthy Communities Conference by the UNC School of Government.


Organizers applied for 5 hours of American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance for those who attended the entire conference. The event number is #9159837.

For previous conference presentations, please contact Carina Soriano at or at 704-688-7035.
For sponsorship information, please contact Michelle Nance at or at 704-348-2709.

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