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Canadian Public Health Association

November 15, 2017 5:00pm EST

A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner with a Public Health Impact


  • Ali Shaver, Public Health – Nova Scotia Health Authority

Cost: free for our members, $12 for non-members

What role can urban planners play to improve health? How do you embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies? Given that the built environment, land use and transportation systems are among determinants of population health, this webinar will explore the role of an urban planner with a focus on public health and how urban planning can help support more socially just and equitable communities. Ali Shaver, Healthy Built Environment Coordinator with Nova Scotia Health Authority, will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in a public health-focused urban planning career.

This session is part of the Exploring Careers in Public Health Webinar Series.


Ali Shaver, Public Health – Nova Scotia Health Authority

Ali Shaver is an urban planner with Public Health – Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her work there has focused on building partnerships with municipal planners and engineers to embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies. Some recent projects with which Ali has been involved include supporting the development of the Integrated Mobility Plan for Halifax, leading Public Health’s first health impact assessment and co-creating Halifax’s first Mobile Food Market. Ali’s prior work focused on developing Comprehensive Community-Based Plans with First Nations communities across Canada. She has a Bachelor of Recreation Management from Acadia University and a Master in Environmental Studies from York University.