The SALURBAL Data and Methods core is working to create a multi-country dataset to guide the project's research studies and proposals. SALURBAL researchers are compiling and harmonizing secondary data from country-specific sources, such as population and vital statistics and surveys, to allow for comparisons of cities and neighborhoods within cities. The data consist of five main domains: 1) demographic characteristics, 2) mortality, 3) self-reported or measured health, behaviors, and risk factors, 4) social environment, and 5) built environment. There are 371 cities from 11 countries currently included in the dataset, with information available on subcity and neighborhood levels in some cases.
Data in the SALURBAL Project
Data in the SALURBAL Project provides an overview of the process of selecting cities, compiling data, and the types of questions the dataset may help to answer. The document was developed to inform future SALURBAL studies and to receive feedback from stakeholder working in urban health in the region regarding how SALURBAL research can support their efforts.
Data in the SALURBAL Project (English PDF)
Los Datos del Proyecto SALURBAL (Español PDF)
Os Dados do Projeto SALURBAL (Português PDF)
Further information about SALURBAL's data domains, variables, and methodological approach is available in Building a Data Platform for Cross-Country Urban Health Studies: the SALURBAL Study, published in the Journal of Urban Health (Quistberg et al., 2018)
Mortality and Life Expectancy in Latin American Cities
Life expectancy and causes of death vary greatly across urban areas in Latin America. Global and regional summaries of life expectancy and causes of death can hide significant variability across cities. Studies that characterize mortality across heterogeneous cities are needed to inform urban policies.
Urban environments that differ across neighborhoods, cities, and countries can have a major impact on life expectancy and causes of death.
This data brief overviews the experiences of the SALURBAL project in harmonizing and describing mortality data across 366 cities in 10 countries.
Mortality and Life Expectancy in Latin American Cities (English PDF)