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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has commissioned TCAT to support healthy built environment research for the Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) program. The LDCP brings Ontario public health units together to develop and run research projects on issues of shared interest related to the Ontario Public Health Standards and to identify the most promising practices that have been used by public health units to engage in municipal planning to form a healthier built environment.
To support the implementation of a LDCP project titled “Healthy Built Environments – A Provincial Framework for Healthy Community Design”, between October 2018 and March 2019, TCAT is investigating how public health units can most effectively work with their communities to achieve community design that improves population health. The project has two objectives: 1) identify and define the characteristics of community design that protect and promote health and health equity, and 2) identify and describe the most promising practices for public health units to engage with communities to achieve health-protective, health-promoting, and health-equitable community design.