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Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL)

Lessons from Latin America on what makes cities healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable

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Research Summary

Drexel University and partners throughout Latin America and in the United States are working together to study how urban environments and urban policies impact the health of city residents throughout Latin America. The five-year project which began in April of 2017, called SALURBAL or “Salud Urbana en America Latina” (Urban Health in Latin America) is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of its Our Planet, Our Health initiative, which focuses on research examining the connections between the environment and human health. The results of this research will be translated and disseminated to inform policies and interventions to create healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable cities worldwide.


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Federal University of Minas Gerais, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), National Institute of Public Health, National University of Lanus, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, University of the Andes, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chile, University of Sao Paulo, and Washington University in St Louis.


Research Methods

The SALURBAL project aims to 1) examine how elements of a city's physical and social environment impact the health of that city's residents, 2) examine how urban policies and interventions may impact the health of city residents and the environmental quality of cities, 3) use systems thinking to describe how various factors in the urban environment are interrelated and jointly affect health and environmental sustainability, and 4) to rapidly translate research findings into clear and actionable knowledge and disseminate that knowledge to policymakers, the scientific community, and the public.


Research Team

Learn More About SALURBAL

For more about the Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) project, our partners and goals, explore the SALURBAL page.

This project is supported by the Wellcome Trust [205177/Z/16/Z]