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Favelas in Brazil

Improving urban health happens through collaboration and shared knowledge, strengthening the ties between cities locally and globally.

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Rio das Pedras

Data about informal favela communities in Brazil is very limited. We tested the feasibility of innovative data collection methods to assess community health and mobility.

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Medellin Cable Car in Colombia
Latin America provides a unique opportunity to study the links between the urban environment, health, and sustainability. The SALURBAL project explores health in cities of Latin America.

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Global Connections

Urban health challenges are pervasive across the globe. The UHC is uniquely positioned to connect partners across diverse locations, coordinate the exchange of information and support collaborative research and understanding of policies and initiatives that promote health. The UHC engages in a wide range of partnerships both in person and virtually.


Drexel University and partners from across Latin America and in the U.S. are collaborating to study how urban environments and urban policies impact the health of city residents throughout Latin America. Learn more about the five-year project, called SALURBAL or “Salud Urbana en America Latina,” which is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of its Our Planet, Our Health initiative.

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Bogata, Colombia
Presentation on Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia

Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean

The UHC has strong ties to Latin America through leadership in the LAC Urban Health network. As a network for urban health research and knowledge exchange, the group brings together public health practitioners, researchers, policymakers and communities to improve health in cities across Latin America and the Caribbean and provide insights relevant to urban areas worldwide.

Learn more about the LAC Urban Health Network



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View Current and Past Events

The UHC hosts symposia to convene experts and build a knowledge base around factors that impact global urban health. The symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of backgrounds to stimulate novel ideas for research, debates on policies and their implications for communities, and a sense of urgency for community and policy action.

Visiting Scholars

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Learn more about training

The Urban Health Collaborative hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows from around the globe to broaden our perspective and understanding, and to provide training opportunities for urban health researchers. This rotating diversity of experience and professional training inspires new approaches to urban health challenges.