Integrating health into planning often uses the approach called evidence-based practice. An article on this topic by some of the folks from Design for Health, including me, is currently available for free: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a918403162~frm=titlelink. It was a finalist in the Association of European Schools of Planning Best Paper Prize: [link no longer active]
InformeDesign (http://www.informedesign.org/) is an online database of research on people and environments. With substantial funding from the American Society of Interior Designers, and based in the University of Minnesota Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, the database emphasizes research at the building and component level. However, there is enough other work to make it worth a visit, even for urban planning scale investigations.
For those not at universities, finding research on the connections between health and places can be a bit tricky. However, a growing number of online resources are meeting these needs. The entry below lists just a few of these:
- Active Living Research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has sponsored quite a few special issues with free downloadable articles. Many of them are are listed at: http://www.activelivingresearch.org/resourcesearch/journalspecialissues.
- Healthy Eating Research, another RWJF-funded group, also has free special issues: http://www.healthyeatingresearch.org/publications-mainmenu-111/special-journal-issues-mainmenu-118. In addition they have sponsored a number of proceedings and presentations: http://www.healthyeatingresearch.org/publications-mainmenu-111/proceedings-and-presentations-mainmenu-145.
- Pub Med.gov is produced my ythe U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. With over 20 million citations, some linke to free downloads. I find their advanced search engine to be most helpful: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/advanced.
- The U.S. Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Research Information Service (TRIS) is a terrific database of transportation resources, some related to health and some of these available for free: http://tris.trb.org/.
- The U. S. HUD USER research portal is similar, with a bias toward housing: http://www.huduser.org/portal/bibliodb/pdrbibdb.html.
- A terrific resource for free journals is Highwire, a division of the Stanford University Libraries that aims to make research more accessible: http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/freeart.dtl. For example back issues of Environment and Urbanization are free after 3 years: http://eau.sagepub.com/ and the American Journal of Public Health after 2 years: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/.
- Examples of journals with where authors pay fees, include the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph) and the International Journal of Health Geographics (http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/). I have reviewed for the latter (for free) but have mixed feelings about this approach of charging to publish, although it is common in the sciences.
- In planning the online journals with free submission and publication are in related areas such as transport and include the Journal of Transport and Land Use (https://www.jtlu.org/index.php/jtlu).