Building Healthy Communities through Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) is a community capacity building project designed to empower communities through land use planning knowledge.
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.
This project was initially funded by a grant from The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative in the eastern Coachella Valley.
lupa in action!
In collaboration with the REC Route (Recreation, Education and Culture) program from the Desert Recreation District, the LUPA team spent a full day with a group of outstanding students from the Coachella Valley. Karla Martinez (bottom row, left), who interned at RUHS-PH during Fall '17, reports on what went on.
Read Karla's blog post