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APA Sustainable Communities Division 2024 Symposium

January 18 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us at the SCD Annual Symposium 2024 – Health, Equity and Climate Change 

Registered attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link prior to the event. You can attend one session, or multiple sessions. CM Credits will be available for individual sessions. AICP CM Credits pending (3 hours).

Thursday, January 18, 2024
(1-5 pm EST, 12-4 pm CST, 11 am – 3 pm MST, 10 am – 2 pm PST)

Welcome: Introduction to the Symposium with Karla Ebenbach, Chair-Elect of the APA Sustainable Communities Division and Shannon Roberts, Partnerships Co-Chair (10 min)
Introduction from EDI Committee & Planning in the Black Community Division with Dr. David Abraham (10 min)
Keynote: Health, Equity and Climate Change (20 min)
Melissa Jones, Executive Director Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)

Session 1: Integrating Equity in Public Health Community Planning (1 hour, 20 min)
Integrating equity into public health community planning is a fundamental approach that seeks to ensure fair and just distribution of resources, opportunities, and outcomes within diverse populations – our panel will discuss on their work addressing these challenges, where there are opportunities to integrate equity and health, and what still needs to be addressed.

  • Anna Rosenblum (Moderator), EcoDistricts AP, LEED O+M AP, LFA, evolveEA
  • Robyn Bussey, JUST Health Director at the Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Lindy Wordlaw AICP, Chicago Recovery Plan Director
  • Derrick Neal, Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge Public Health


Session 2: Integrating Climate in Public Health Community Planning (1 hour, 20 min)

Integrating climate considerations into public health community planning is a crucial initiative that recognizes the intricate interplay between environmental factors and public well-being. Learn how our panel is integrating climate considerations into their work and where they would like  to see it expand in the future.

  • Donny Goris-Kolb, AICP, LEED AP O+M, Envision SP (Moderator), VHB
  • Dr. Alonzo Plough, VP Research & Evaluation and Chief science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Fleming El Amin, Planning Director at FTA
  • Dr. Patrice Williams, Professor, Northeastern University
  • Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime, Pediatric Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
Symposium Reflections & Closing (30 min)
  • Shannon Roberts, AICP, LEED BD+C, PMP (Moderator), Jacobs
  • Keynote: Melissa Jones (Tentative)
  • Session 1: TBD
  • Session 2: Dr. Patrice Williams, Northeastern University


January 18
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm




APA Sustainable Communities Division