Building Healthy Communities through Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) is a community capacity building project designed to empower communities across the eastern Coachella Valley.
LUPA is designed to foster critical thinking, civic dialogue and civic engagement as avenues to influence decision making in land use planning for the advancement of better and greater health outcomes.
LUPA has three components:
1. Building youth power through land use planning awareness and knowledge.
2. Fostering critical thinking for improving decision-making.
3. Introducing participants to the General Plan Elements and how they connect to planning projects and issues, especially to individual and community health.
lupa in action!
On August 13, 2016, the LUPA team and a collective of health advocates and artists conducted a "tactical ruralism" demonstration project intended to raise awareness about the great value that shade has to improve the community's health. This activity was one of the initial phases comprising the "Bus Shelters as Healthy Communities Nodes" project that would ultimately address the need for additional bus shelters in the eastern Coachella Valley.