October 1, 2015
Just a few days ago, here in Philadelphia, we had an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine our very own city. For four days on the occasion of the visit by Pope Francis, a large part of the city was closed to traffic. It made me wonder about the health impact of this new city: what might happen to asthma rates, to traffic-related injuries? Cities, the way we design and operate them, the way we distribute resources within them are of our own making, and it is within our power to transform them. Our goal to improve health in cities is closely linked to the founding principles of our School: that health is a human right and that social justice is critical to improving population health. We at the Dornsife School of Public Health invite you today to come on a journey with us, to reimagine health in cities, to work together to create a city that is more livable, more fulfilling, and yes, healthier for all.