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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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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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“Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” For Better Health: A World Cities Day Call for Action from the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative

Oct 30, 2018

This year's World Cities day marks a global call for action to build sustainable and resilient cities. The Urban Health Collaborative reflects on how planning and investments in health can help meet this goal. 

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TRansformaciones Urbanas y Salud: El caso de TransMiCable en Bogotá -TRUST

Oct 15, 2018

Este post explora cómo se diseñar una  evaluación del impacto en la salud que sea de colaboración interdisciplinaria e intersectorial, enfocándose en el caso del proyecto TRUST para evaluar el TransMiCable de Bogotá. 

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The profile of urban violence in Brazil: It’s time for a proactive approach 

Aug 01, 2018

The problem of urban violence in not unique to cities in Brazil. But, as this blog explains, an analysis of the country's trends and environment can provide insight into targeting determinants of violent that are relevant globally. 

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The health in all policies approach: An opportunity for Latin America and SALURBAL

Jul 12, 2018

SALURBAL team members had the opportunity to participate in the training course, “Health in All Policies: The case of air pollution, urban health and sustainability” last month in Washington, D.C. Read their reflections here. 

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