The 6th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference is the best opportunity in North Carolina for professionals and local elected officials to gather together and learn how to create healthy communities! This year’s conference will feature a morning keynote by Sarah Langdon, Project Manager for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She will be sharing her experience in improving community health in disadvantaged and under-served communities. Sarah will also lead participants in a discussion on how health equity is an essential component to planning for healthy communities.

The conference will also feature:

  • Plenary Panels on Community Approaches to Opioid Abuse and Increasing Mobility through Bike and Scooter Share Programs
  • Breakout Sessions on Community Engagement, Placemaking, Food Systems, and Age-Friendly Communities

Who Should Attend?

  • Public Health Officials
  • Land Use Planners
  • Transportation Planners
  • Park and Recreation Professionals
  • City and County Managers
  • Elected Officials
  • Board Members


Location: Gastonia Conference Center, 145 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052
Time: 9am-3:30pm
Registration Link: Coming Soon!

For previous conference presentations, please contact Carina Soriano at or at 704-688-7035.
For sponsorship information, please contact Michelle Nance at or at 704-348-2709.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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