For the first time, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recognized 13 local jurisdictions that adopted comprehensive plan policies intended to improve the health of community members.
The 2016 Healthy Communities Awards recognize cities and towns for how they plan so their residents can achieve healthy lifestyles, where they live, learn, work and play.
“Good health is not just the absence of disease,” said Amy Pow, Tacoma-Pierce County principal planner. “These communities demonstrate that the best planning practice starts with policies to support people, the economy, and the environment,” Pow said.
The 13 cities and towns showed a commitment to incorporate health considerations into policies and strategies. This work gives their communities equitable, convenient, and affordable opportunities to achieve better health for all people and places. This year’s winners received a platinum or a gold designation based on criteria such as public engagement, economic prosperity, and environmental stewardship.
Healthy Communities Platinum Awards:
Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Fife, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Ruston, Steilacoom, Sumner, and Tacoma.
Healthy Communities Gold Awards:
Fircrest, Roy, and University Place.
The cities and towns will receive their awards at the next Pierce County Regional Council General Assembly in early 2017.