There are significant connections between community planning decisions and the health of individuals and communities. Comprehensive plans can be effective tools for linking traditional planning elements with public health priorities. The Public Health Law Center is excited to announce the release of a new resource, Kansas Planning Guide: Incorporating Health into Local Community Planning. This resource is designed to help community health advocates and planners in Kansas leverage comprehensive plans to incorporate healthy food access and physical activity goals into long-term community visioning. The guide includes specific examples from existing comprehensive plans in Kansas to illustrate how language around public health can be incorporated into comprehensive plans.

The webinar will provide information about Kansas state laws and regulatory tools impacting local planning efforts. Kansas planners will also share their experiences developing and implementing comprehensive plans to illustrate how local planners can work to incorporate community health priorities and goals into comprehensive plans.

This webinar has already occurred. Please use the resources below:

Webinar Slides [PDF]

Webinar Recording:


Mary Marrow, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
Helen Schnoes, Food Systems Coordinator, Douglas County, Kansas
Jeff Crick, Planner, Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Office, Kansas
Charlie Bryan, Community Health Planner, Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department, Kansas


Leoma Van Dort, Policy Analyst, Public Health Law Center


For current information, visit our Kansas Resources or Planning pages.