Education and Outreach Committee

Education and Outreach Committee Chair: Brian Campbell, FAICP


The Education and Outreach Committee (EOC) works on programs that will help inform the general public, the media, other organizations and students about planning and related issues. We often partner with other like-minded organizations to more effectively reach a broader audience and create a better understanding of planning issues across the state. Current efforts include:

  • Planners4Health and Plan4Health: With support from the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association worked with statewide partners to conduct a planning and health assessment in Oregon. Read the Oregon Health and Planning Assessment here. Check out more about health and planning here. This project builds off of the Umatilla County Plan4Health project. Read the Umatilla County Plan4Health Community Needs and Readiness Assessment here.
  • Oregon Community Assistance Planning Program (CAPP): This program is designed to bring planning resources—professional planners volunteering their time and expertise—and opportunities to communities that would otherwise not have access to these services or planning expertise, and to strengthen the ability of community members to influence or determine decisions that affect their quality of life. CAPP workshops seek to foster community education and civic engagement. Find out how to become a project community or volunteer here.
  • Healthy Community Speaker Series: For the past three years, OAPA has partnered with the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program, Oregon Health Authority, 1000 Friends of Oregon, City of Eugene, and Building a Better Bend (among many others) to bring a nationally renowned speaker to Oregon to discuss the health impacts of community design. This successful program has reached thousands of Oregonians and raised the awareness of how designing for pedestrians and cyclists is a successful tool to battle chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. You can view past presentations here.
  • Planning Curriculum in the Schools: Committee members are working with educators to bring Oregon land use planning curriculum to Oregon schools.
  • Oregon 2050: Oregon 2050 is an Initiative that strives to ensure Oregon becomes a healthy, vibrant and resilient place for all its residents in the future. Working with other organizations (the American Institute of Architects—Oregon, League of Oregon Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Public Health Institute), we are working on issues related to walkability, food access, economic health, and leadership development. Find out more at www.oregon2050.org.
  • NW Youth Careers Expo: Participate in this annual Youth Expo.  The annual NW Youth Careers Expo is the Northwest’s premier career-education event, attended by 5,600+ high school students and 130+ exhibitors. It shows students the region’s amazing diversity of career opportunities, as well as the skills and education needed for those jobs.
  • Planners Network Meetings:  The committee helps to coordinate 4 meetings a year at various locations around the state in conjunction with the Department of land Conservation and Development. A major feature is to help educate planning commissioners and other citizens about Oregon’s planning program and planning issues generally.
  • Community Planning Assistance:  This program solicits Oregon communities to participate in this national program, and helps them with the application process. Find out more at (CPAT link from APA).
  • Urban Design Panel:  Oregon APA members participate on this Portland based panel along with members of the Oregon chapters of the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects. The UDP reviews and comments on the full range of Urban Design issues from the regional to the project level.
  • Direct Public Communication:  Committee members create material to be used to help educate the public, the media and other organizations about planning issues. The committee may also respond to information from other sources to help better inform the public about planning.

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