The 7th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference took place on November 5, 2019 at the Gastonia Conference Center and featured a morning keynote by Pam Diggs of Youth Powered Solutions (YES!) on equity and including youth and young adults at the table. It also included lightning round presentations on opioid misuse, affordable housing, and increasing access to healthy foods and for the first time, mobile tours on greenways, placemaking and walkability. A link to a pdf of each presentation can be found below. 




Organizers received 5 hours of American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance for those who attended the entire conference. To log the event please visit: .

For previous conference presentations, please contact Carina Soriano at or at 704-688-7035.