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Cities, Sectors, and Health 

Cities, Sectors, and Health is a blog run by the SALURBAL project to contribute to dialogue around actions and policies for improved urban health in Latin America from the vantage point of different sectors of a city. The blog follows policies, programs, and innovations in Latin America, providing commentary on their health impacts, sharing strategies for successful implementation, and linking to global agendas in sustainable development. Many of our contributors are experts in urban health, planning, and public policy from different countries in the region. 

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Climate change, health, and inequity

Dec 20, 2019

Climate change, health, and inequality represent critical, global challenges. Better understanding the connections between these issues creates opportunities for responses from multiple sectors that maximize co-benefits and leverage key arguments to drive action

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Informal food retailers, small food outlets and their implications for urban food systems 

Sep 09, 2019

Mónica Mazariegos of the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) and collaborator on the SALURBAL project discusses the ways the informal food sector shapes food systems and food environments across Latin America. 

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Understanding mortality data in Latin American cities

Aug 01, 2019

Researchers Bernardo Lanza Queiroz and Usama Bilal are working to tackle issues with mortality data across Latin America. Katy Indvik of SALURBAL and LAC-Urban Health asked them about their experiences.

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UN Global Road Safety Week: A Call to Move Evidence to Action for Effective Leadership 

May 03, 2019

This year's UN Global Road Safety Week is centered on the role of leadership. In this blog, Dr. Alex Quistberg provides commentary on this theme, with a focus on policy solutions, linking evidence to action, and strategies for multisectoral initiatives. 

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Reflections for World Health Day 2019

Apr 07, 2019

On World Health Day 2019, the SALURBAL projects reflects on recent developments in Latin America that support the global call to action to work across sectors and scales for better health for everyone. 

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Reflections for International Women’s Day

Mar 08, 2019

Gender intersects with urban life and access to the city in important ways. When gender perspectives aren't considered in urban planning and policies, this can reinforce socioeconomic inequality, restrict mobility and access to essential services, and harm health and human rights. 

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City size, scaling and health: Learning from Latin America and the U.S. to improve urban health

Feb 25, 2019

This blog dives into the complex relationship between city size, scaling and health, featuring the work of Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD who is working to improve knowledge of health effects connected to urbanization. 

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Celebrating 70 Years of International Human Rights and Looking Forward: Why Better Urban Health Can Promote Human Rights

Dec 10, 2018

The growing importance of cities to address pressing global challenges has already been recognized with respect to key issues such as climate change and implementing sustainable development agendas. When it comes to human rights agreements, monitoring, and enforcements, cities can play an equally crucial role.

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