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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

Healthy Communities Campaign


Healthy WorksCommunities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) was a program of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009.

The overarching goal of the San Diego project, called Healthy Works, is to expand the use of evidence-based strategies and programs to address obesity rates, physical inactivity and poor nutrition in the San Diego Region.

The goals of this program were achieved through partnerships between SANDAG, HHSA, and other community partners.  HHSA contracted with SANDAG to implement six projects that related to transportation and land use planning and policy in the San Diego region. One of the initiatives included a pass-through grant program to local jurisdictions and tribal governments to integrate health considerations in local planning efforts. The program also supported additional technical assistance projects related to design guidelines and health assessments, as described below.  

Healthy Communities Campaign Grant Recipients

The Healthy Communities Campaign included the following two pass-through grant programs. Please note that these grant programs were limited to the funds available through the CPPW program, and will not repeated.

The Healthy Community Planning Grant Program awarded $496,600 to local agencies and tribal governments to add public health components to local planning efforts. Grant awards ranged from $14,650 to $75,000 each and included:

Campo Band of Mission Indians - Campo Tribal Community Park Project
Grant Award Amount: $14,650.00 
Total Project Cost: $22,000.00 
City of Chula Vista - Redevelopment Implementation Plan Amendment and Cilantro to Stores Program
Grant Award Amount: $75,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $223,435.00 
City of Encinitas - CA General Plan Update, Public Health Element
Grant Award Amount: $62,250.00 
Total Project Cost: $115,550.00 
City of Escondido - Escondido Creek Master Plan
Grant Award Amount: $75,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $108,000.00 

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians - Assessment of Pedestrian-Friendly Paths and Outdoor Learning Environments  
Grant Award Amount: $70,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $140,000.00 

City of La Mesa - La Mesa Live Well Park Master Plan
Grant Award Amount: $75,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $80,000.00 
City of San Diego - Urban Agriculture Land Development Code Amendments  
Grant Award Amount: $50,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $75,000.00 
City of Santee - Santee Mast Park Master Plan
Grant Award Amount: $75,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $245,250.00 

The Active Community Transportation Grant Program awarded $150,000 to local agencies to develop comprehensive approaches to creating bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. These included:
City of Chula Vista - Seniors, Sidewalks, and the Centennial
Grant Award Amount: $50,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $60,000.00 

City of La Mesa - Safe Routes to Transit Plan: Closing the Last Half Mile  
Grant Award Amount: $50,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $65,000.00 
City of Oceanside - Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan Update  
Grant Award Amount: $50,000.00 
Total Project Cost: $60,000.00

For additional grant program details please see the Healthy Community Campaign Award Summary under the downloads sections below.

Assessment and Scoping for Healthy and Active Community Design Guidelines

As a regional transportation planning agency, SANDAG promotes healthy and sustainable communities at the local and regional level through collaboration, incentive programs and technical assistance. In 2009, SANDAG adopted Designing for Smart Growth, Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region as a valuable resource for policymakers, local agency planning and engineering staff, developers, and interested citizens that shows how good design can contribute to the quality of life in the San Diego region.

The guidelines address the importance of design in maintaining and enhancing community character and in creating great public places. It serves as both a primer and a technical reference. Among the subjects covered are such community defining topics as site design, and street design and parking to support mixed use development and a variety of transportation options.

SANDAG conducted an assessment and scoping to expand these guidelines to include evidence-based strategies that promote public health. The project was the first step towards creating comprehensive, evidence-based regional guidelines to promote healthy and active communities in the San Diego region.

Health Impacts and Benefits Assessment

SANDAG staff conducted a pilot Health Benefits and Impacts Assessment (HIA) on the 47th Street trolley station area located in Southeastern San Diego, a predominantly low-income and minority community. The HIA project evaluated the health co-benefits of improved transit service and pedestrian amenities in the project area.  Two community meetings were held on November 16, 2011, and January 24, 2012, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to engage community members in the process. Please visit the project web page for additional information.

SANDAG also held two trainings on HIAs for local jurisdictions, community-based organizations, and consultants to build capacity within the region to incorporate an analysis of health in local and regional policies, plans, programs, and decision-making processes. The trainings were facilitated by Human Impact Partners at the San Diego State University with the support of the Institute for Public Health.

Project Manager

Vikrant Sood, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-6940, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

Related Resources


  • Fact Sheet - Healthy Works Phase I [PDF: 510KB]