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Livable communities help people stay fit and healthy.

Since a population’s health and well-being is greatly influenced by having safe, healthy, "livable" communities, a primary focus of public health work is on helping support livable communities efforts.

The information is presented in reverse chronological order by the source material's publication or release date and includes reports, case studies, tool kits and more.

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Featured Groups & Reports

  • American Public Health Association
  • Journal of Aging and Health
  • Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The Community Tool Box
    Developed by the University of Kansas’ Work Group for Community Health and Development, the Community Tool Box is a part of the work group’s role as a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development.

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  • The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
  • Keeping the Aging Population Healthy
    Developed by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Healthy States Initiative, a publication funded by the CDC, this resource is directed at state legislators but can be used by community coalitions/partners in making a case to state representatives. Also includes a brief overview of public health.
  • Pathways to Better Community Wayfinding
    The document introduces the concept of wayfinding (i.e. "the process by which we find our way from place to place”) and why it benefits a person’s quality of life and improves public health.  



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