Improving Health Through Community Design and Development

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Session Description

Your zip code can be more predictive of your health status than your genetic code. The way communities are designed and developed, and whether they provide affordable access to the non-medical determinants of health, has a direct impact on population health outcomes and the total cost of health care. Increasing physical activity rates, assuring access to healthy nutrition, and addressing stress and social connection -- are vital to helping to prevent the ‘big-four’ killers, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, and chronic respiratory disease. These chronic diseases are the leading drivers of premature death, and fast-increasing health care costs. In combination with access to clinical care, it is vital that community design and development support healthy behavior choices where people live, work, learn, and play. A collaborative partnership must exist between the private, public, and non-profit sectors, to ensure that investments and policy choices help make the healthier choices, the easier and more affordable choices.


Tyler NorrisTyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente

Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures. His service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, where he leads “anchor institution” strategies, applying all KP assets to measurably improve population health and community well-being. Tyler is a trustee of Naropa University, and serves on advisory bodies for the Convergence Partnership, Transportation for America, Active Living by Design, and Samueli Institute. He is active with Social Venture Network, BALLE and SOCAP. As an early leader in the healthy/sustainable communities movement, Tyler has worked in over 400 communities and with scores of organizations in the US and globally. Previously he was Chair of IP3, which powers and other GIS platforms; CEO of Community Initiatives Inc.; and Chair of the Kellogg Foundation's Leadership Alliance. He is an avid mountain biker, skier and pilot – now residing in Oakland, CA.

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