Designing a Healthier Community

November 16, 2018

Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA

Ventura County Health Care Agency, Ventura County Public Health, Ventura County Behavioral Health


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: "Designing Healthy Communities," Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. Author of book and PBS series "Designing Healthy Communities."

"Exploring the Local Landscape of Healthy Communities," Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Director, Ventura County Public Health


Can the Built Environment Build Community?

Health starts where you live, learn, work and play. The built environment is everything we have made to live our lives including homes, places of business, public spaces, and parks and recreational areas-or lack thereof.

A healthy community depends on human, institutional, organizational and environmental resources available within the community. The physical design of a community – the built environment – affects health every time a person steps out of the front door and into their neighborhood. Community happens when people connect with each other. The built environment can encourage interaction or hinder it.

Establishing the design of a healthy community is a complex issue and not one that can be solved by any one organization. Everyone has a role in building a healthy community. Local actions support quality of life as well as create a stronger, healthier communities.

Join the conversation and get involved.

All Social Determinants of Health Events

  • Social Determinants of Health Series: Building Healthy Communities, March 27, 2020
  • Social Determinants of Health Series: Designing a Healthier Community - Join the Conversation, November 16, 2018
  • Social Determinants of Health Series: Healthy Communities - Promoting Wellness & Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity, May 2, 2018‍