Healthy Places

Healthy Places

Mon - Fri 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Program Director
Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A 
(614) 645-5318

[email protected]

Safe Routes to School
Katherine Swidarski 
(614) 645-0380 [email protected]

Healthy Places - Columbus Public Health

Program Information

Walking Maps LogoThe mission of the Healthy Places program is to enhance healthy and active living. We do this through the policies and practices that impact how we build the places we live, work and play. These "Healthy Places" make it easier to be more active as part of everyday life. 

The Healthy Places program works to create a built environment that encourages walkability, bikeability and physical activity through community design processes such as land use and transportation planning.

The built environment includes the physical elements added to the natural environment to create our community, like our buildings, road systems, parks, neighborhoods, civic buildings, and schools.

Built Environment:


General Information:


Columbus Public Health recently received a one-year Plan4Health grant from the American Planning Association. A coalition made up of city planning and public health partners are working together to increase opportunities for active living where Columbus residents live, learn, work and play. 

Plan4Health is supported by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information about this initiative, visit our Plan4Health webpage.  

Request a Presentation

The Healthy Places Coordinator is available to speak to development professionals (architects, developers, engineers, planners, etc), health professionals, and community groups (area commissions, civic associations, faith-based institutions, etc.). His contact information is listed under Contact.