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Urban Health Collaborative Partners With Big Cities Health Coalition

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January 7, 2020

The Dornsife School of Public Health, through its Urban Health Collaborative (UHC), is excited to announce a new partnership with the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) to support the Coalition’s vision of healthy, more equitable cities through big city innovation and leadership.

A powerful voice for public health departments in the nation’s largest, most urban cities, this new partnership with Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative will advance BCHC's work by bringing faculty, expertise, and resources in policy, planning, and evaluation, as well as data knowledge and infrastructure. Most importantly, the partnership will enhance and support BCHC’s strong commitment to evidence-based urban health practice.

For the UHC, the partnership is an opportunity to advance its commitment to research, training, and policy translation in urban health locally and globally, leveraging the School’s historic expertise in public health practice in urban settings.

The creation and support for partnerships with organizations like BCHC is at the core of UHC’s mission and aligns perfectly with our goals for the future. Through this partnership, BCHC and UHC will enhance their ability to meet their shared vision of improving the health of people living in our nation’s largest cities.

The first stage of this partnership will focus on the development of an urban health agenda that reflects the public health needs, assets, and best practices to inform action, policy, and resource allocation over time.

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative was created to leverage the power of data, research, education, and partnerships in order to make cities healthier, more equitable, and environmentally sustainable.

The Big Cities Health Coalition is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of their residents. Collectively, BCHC member jurisdictions directly impact nearly 62 million people, or one in five Americans.