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ChangeLab Solutions Staffer Nabs Award


Heather Wootan, senior planner and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, has been awarded a 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly, Pomona.

This year’s Dale Prize highlights the link between urban planning and public health, according to ChangeLab Solutions. Wootan has spent her career working on ways to improve food systems, from conducting a food system assessment for the City of Oakland as a graduate student to founding the Oakland Food Policy Council in 2009. At ChangeLab Solutions, she works with communities nationwide to develop and implement plans and policies that support healthy food systems.

“It’s truly an honor to be the recipient of this award,” Wootan says in a statement. “I'm also really happy to see the Dale Prize committee recognizing the field I work in, and turning a spotlight on how important food systems and food access are for healthy cities and healthy people.”