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APHI Nexus 2021

Housing and the Built Environment: The Key to Thriving Communities 

Public health approaches to the built environment provide an integrated framework for growth, development, and community design.  Focusing on the dynamics between community development and health, this session will move us from an understanding of the historical and current policies and structural barriers to health within Charlotte's built environment to an authentic community-engaged framework for action toward equitable policies and health outcomes for all.

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Rachel Stark 

PLA, ASLA, Senior Urban Designer & Landscape Architecture, Planning, Design, & Development Department, Charlotte Urban Design Center, City of Charlotte

Rachel Stark is a registered professional landscape architect. She has been the Planning Project Coordinator, Senior Landscape Architect and Urban Designer for the City of Charlotte for the past four years.  Since 2013, she has been the Co-Founder and Principal Landscape Architect for Urbanagami in Cape Town Area, South Africa. Rachel received her Masters in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University.  Prior to attending North Carolina State University, she received her bachelor of arts in biology/ environmental studies and botany at Covenant College.  Rachel is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and the Professional Landscape Architect (New Jersey Board of Architects and South African Council of the Landscape Architecture Profession).



Hanna Kirlin

MPH, PSM, LeadSafe Program Manager, Housing & Neighborhood Services, City of Charlotte

Hanna Kirlin is a healthcare services professional with two master’s degrees in public health and professional science masters in Health Informatics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Prior to receiving her master’s degrees at UNC Charlotte, she attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she received her bachelor’s of science in integrative physiology. For the past three years, Hanna has been the LeadSafe Charlotte Program Manager.  She is a technical expert for the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services Lead based Paint and Healthy Homes Program. Hanna is an experienced Health Education Coordinator with a history of working in the public health sector both internationally and in the U.S. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Youth Development, Program Evaluation, Event Management, and Volunteer Management.


Download: City of Charlotte, Housing & Neighborhood Services: Housing Programs at a Glance (3 pages)
Download: City of Charlotte Planning, Design & Development, National League of Cities, Cities of Opportunity, Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan  (4 pages)
Download: City of Charlotte, Sugar Creek and I-85 Interchange Design Sprint Report (116 pages)
Download: Supplemental Resources on Housing and the Built Environment (2 pages)
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