FitCityPHL’s mission is to explore design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health outcomes of the people using these spaces. FitCityPHL is based on a model started in New York City about 15 years ago. In 2015, PHMC’s subsidiary Health Promotion Council, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the Center for Architecture brought this model to Philadelphia. This work continues to bring together experts from the sectors of architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, public health, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to improve health outcomes of populations.

FiTCityPHL is organized by a Planning Committee with representatives from PHMC, AARP, PA Inc., American Institute of Architects Philadelphia, Center for Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Jefferson, Community Design Collaborative, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Reinvestment Fund, and ThinkURBAN. FitCityPHL has organized two full-day and two half-day symposiums, and eight conversations in topics ranging from the opioid crisis, workplace active design, the South Philadelphia Health Center, lower Schuylkill River, pop-ups, stormwater management, trauma-informed design, and creating safe spaces for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

For more information about FitCityPHL, please contact Keri Salerno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..