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Reimagining Health in Cities: From Local to Global

2017 Symposium: Reimaging Health in Cities: From Local to Global

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About the Symposium

The symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers focused on health locally, in cities across the United States, and worldwide. Through this event we hope to spark conversation on ways to connect evidence to action, to energize work on urban places and health, to celebrate innovative data sources and methodological approaches, to stimulate debate on policy implications of what we are learning, and to highlight partnership-building strategies that can make research more relevant to community action and policy decisions.

Who is the Symposium For?

Our target audience includes all those motivated to explore new ways of thinking about cities, and new uses of data to make urban environments more health supportive. Urbanization, and the associated mix of opportunities and challenges for health, are pervasive across the globe. Thus, international partnerships are key to accelerate the learning that will inform work within and across cities, and provide an evidence base for global urban health improvement. We particularly welcome participants who can enrich the discussion based on a diversity of perspectives, including those from different career stages, sectors, and geographic areas.

Poster Session and Reception

The poster session and reception will take place on the evening of September 7, 2017. Crucially the poster session will allow us to cover a broader range of research topics related to urban health, and an informal setting to discuss the themes introduced by invited speakers throughout the day. Posters will be displayed within distinct thematic topics, including but not limited to the following: 1) novel uses of data and methods in urban heath, 2) systems approaches to urban health; 3) urban health disparities; 4) interdisciplinary approaches to urban health; and 5) translational research, inter-sectoral actions, and policies.

Poster abstracts must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

  • Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, Philadelphia Health Commissioner
  • Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil, Former Detroit Health Commissioner
  • Anthony Capon, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM, Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney
  • Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine in Belo Horizonte
  • Tolullah Oni, MBBS, MRCP, MPH, DFPH, MD, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Cape Town
  • Siddharth Agarwal, MBBS, Executive Director, Urban Health Resource Center, New Delhi
  • Aaron Hipp, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Health and Stability, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
  • Heidi Grunwald, PhD, Managing Director of the Institute for Survey Research, Temple University
  • Michael Bader, PhD, Assistant Professor at American University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • Hannah Lawman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • Diana Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
  • Mindy Fullilove, MD, Professor, Urban Policy and Health, The New School
  • Helen Cole, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Researcher, Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability
  • Malo André Hutson, PhD, MCP, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley
  • Jason Orne, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Drexel University
  • Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH, Health Officer and Director of Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Julie Morita, MD, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Olga Lucía Sarmiento Dueñas, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Los Andes University, Bogota
  • Valerie Tran, MUP, MPH, Healthy Communities Program Manager, InterIm Community Development Association
  • Bob Gradeck, MCP, Project Manager, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Gina Lovasi, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Health, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Symposium Agenda

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Session 1

Health Issues Facing Cities Today: The Perspective of US Urban Health Leaders

Moderator: John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, Philadelphia Health Commissioner
Addressing Behavioral, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health in Cities

Julie Morita, MD, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
Healthy Chicago 2.0: Partnering to Improve Health Equity

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH, Health Officer and Director of Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Structural Trauma and Toxic Stress: Lifecourse Roots of Urban Health Inequities

Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil, Candidate for Governor of Michigan, and former Detroit Health Commissioner
Governance, Government, and Public Health

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
A Commitment to Advance Health Equity

Session 2

Urban Health in Global Perspective: The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Urban Growth

Moderator: Shannon Márquez, PhD, MEng, Associate Professor and Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Anthony Capon, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM, Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney
Harnessing Urbanization for Human Wellbeing and Planetary Health

Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine in Belo Horizonte
Moving from Global Urban Health to Solutions at the Local Level: Capitalizing Local Experiences of Social and Territorial Inclusion for Health Equity

Tolullah Oni, MBBS, MRCP, MPH, DFPH, MD, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Urbanisation and Changing Patterns of Disease in the Context of African Epidemiological Transition

Siddharth Agarwal, MBBS, Executive Director, Urban Health Resource Center, New Delhi, India
Demand-Side Governance: Making Cities Inclusive with Health Access and Infrastructure in Slums through Collective Community Action - Lessons from Practice

Lunch

Session 3

Novel Uses of Data in Urban Health Research and Action

Moderator: Peter DeCarlo, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University

Aaron Hipp, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Health and Stability, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
Transdisciplinary Evaluation of Place and Physical Activity

Heidi Grunwald, PhD, Managing Director of the Institute for Survey Research, Temple University
Shortening the Data Collection to Action Pipeline: BeHeardPhilly and Technology’s Role

Michael Bader, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, American University
A Google Street View of the World: The Promise and Perils of Harnessing Geographic Big Data for Neighborhood Research

Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Real-time Approaches to Capturing Physical Activity and Diet: Implications for Urban Health Research

Session 4

Learning What Works: Capitalizing on Urban Policies and Natural Experiments

Moderator: Genevieve Pham-Kanter, PhD, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Hannah Lawman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Public Health Policy Evaluation Efforts in Philadelphia

Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Building Healthy Cities: Placing Health Equity into the Urban Planning Agenda

Diana Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
NYC Clean Heat Policies: Exploring Impacts on the Environment, Health and Community Members

Olga Lucía Sarmiento Dueñas, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of EpiAndes and Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Start Small, Dream Big: Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs in Public Spaces in Colombia

Poster Session


Friday, September 8, 2017

Session 5

Keynote: Promoting a culture of health in American cities

Mindy Fullilove, MD, Professor, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Session 6

Segregation, Gentrification and Health

Moderator: Susan Bell, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University

Helen Cole, DrPH, MPH, Postdoctoral Researcher, Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Spain
Green Gentrification and Health Equity

Malo André Hutson, PhD, MCP, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
Neighborhood Change, Displacement and Health

Jason Orne, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
Communities of Consumption: Beyond Neighborhood Residence in HIV Risk Disparities

Bob Gradeck, MCP, Project Manager, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University of Pittsburgh
Supporting Community-Based Participatory Research as a Data Intermediary

Session 7

Community Partnerships for Urban Health Action

Moderator: Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Claudia Coulton, Professor of Urban Research and Social Change, Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
How Linked Housing, Human Service and Medical Records can Drive Local Partnerships for Health

Cheryl Emanuel, MS, Division Manager, Mecklenburg County Health Department
Village HeartBEAT: The Deep Roots of Small Beginnings

Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Community Engaged Research: Implications for Policy & Practice

Valerie Tran, MUP, MPH, Healthy Communities Program Manager, InterIm Community Development Association
Community- and data-driven planning for health equity in Seattle's Chinatown - International District