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Many Pathways from Planning to Health Equity

The profession of planning prides itself on creating communities where all people can lead full and healthy lives. Indeed, a growing body of scholarship linking planning to public health has burgeoned in recent years. Yet the scholarship and practice of planning on advancing health equity remains limited. Who defines community health? What groups are marginalized or given voice? What are pathways and processes through which planning can help create healthy and equitable communities? This local host session features panelists who will reflect on the many ways to advance health equity through planning research and practice. Session will feature interdisciplinary and engaged research and practice on advancing health equity.


  • So Ra Baek, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Nisha Botchwey, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning
  • Yeeli Mui, Postdoctoral Associate, University at Buffalo Community for Global Health Equity and the UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab
  • Samina Raja, Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Director, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab


Turning the Corner: Findings from Buffalo & Other Project Cities

Turning the Corner is a project begun in 2016 by the Urban Institute’s (UI’s) National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP). It was initiated to develop a research model to monitor neighborhood change in places at risk of becoming unaffordable after undergoing urban revitalization. Research teams were assembled in Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and the Twin Cities. The project involved stakeholder driven analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods. The analysis focused on aspects of neighborhood change and various forms of displacement. Insights from cross-site analysis were used to develop metrics for tracking neighborhood change and inform local public policy. This local host sponsored session examines findings from work done on the project in Buffalo and other selected cities and applies them to emerging planning imperatives aimed at curbing residential displacement.

Project Synopses

Li Yin
University at Buffalo


Henry Taylor
University at Buffalo


Jeff Matson
University of Minnesota

Discussants Moderator

Corianne Scally
Urban Institute


Keith Lucas
Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo


Robert Silverman
University at Buffalo


What’s Next for Buffalo Niagara?

When the Buffalo Niagara city region experienced the devastating effects of de-industrialization in the 1960s and 1970s it was years before local leadership understood what had happened or organized to do something about it. Now that Buffalo has experienced a certain resurgence, the time is right to raise our vision to see future opportunities and threats before they hit us.

This local host session will present the results of a special one-day planning workshop on October 24 that will bring together scholars from ACSP with local stakeholders and subject matter experts to consider the region’s future in economy and employment; housing and neighborhoods; energy and environment; land use, transportation, and metropolitan form; and governance and civic culture.

Unlike most planning, the workshop will look to a 50-year horizon. But considering what kind of a community we might be in 2068 will help inform decisions we make this year and next. As noted futurist, John McHale, once wrote: “the future of the future is in the present.”


Anthony M. Masiello
Mayor of Buffalo


Robert G. Shibley
University at Buffalo, Dean
School of Architecture & Planning 



The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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