Urban Health Collaborative
The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative works to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health and health variation within cities, and by promoting urban policies and partnerships that promote health and reduce health inequalities.
The Urban Health Collaborative aims to:
- describe health variation in cities and conduct research on the drivers of population health and health inequalities in cities;
- identify and evaluate policies to improve health in cities;
- engage with communities and policy makers to disseminate information, promote public awareness, and catalyze action to build healthy cities.
The Urban Health Collaborative is committed to:
- generating information on the magnitude and causes of urban health problems that is useful to city residents, and policy makers (data for action), including comparative data across neighborhoods that can be used to motivate local action and healthy policies (place–based approaches);
- identifying the interventions and policies best suited to improving health and eliminating health inequalities, including generating the evidence base for these actions and rigorously evaluating interventions and policies after they are implemented (evidence for policy); and
- engaging with communities, government, non profits, businesses, and other stakeholders in order to increase awareness of urban health issues and translate evidence into effective action (community and policy-maker engagement).
Although we have a particular interest in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan region, we seek to generate knowledge and evidence that is useful in cities all over the world through comparative research and partnerships to promote global urban health.