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Lack of Nutritious Food, Physical Activity in Kenton Co. to Be Addressed by $135,000 Grant

The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition has received a $135,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.

Plan4Health is a 15-month program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health.

Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals.

Funding for Plan4Health was provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is an exciting new opportunity to improve the health of our communities through diverse partnerships,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Collaboration is key if we want to continue to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all residents.”

Eighteen coalitions across the country were selected for the Plan4Health program after a competitive review process. The program is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy.

The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is working to provide access to nutritious food across the county. Efforts include a county-wide assessment of underserved neighborhoods in addition to a series of actions addressing affordability of and access to healthy food. 

The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition partners include:

  • Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI)
  • Planning & Development Services of Kenton County (PDS)
  • Northern Kentucky Health Department
  • Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, Inc.

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