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Public Policies

Sao Paulo streets

As iniquidades da Pandemia COVID19 – para além das iniquidades em saúde, as iniquidades econômicas se somam no contexto brasileiro

Apr 02, 2020

Letícia Cardoso, co-pesquisadora da FIOCRUZ Rio de Janeiro e membro da SALURBAL, fala sobre uma parte da sociedade brasileira que enfrentará ainda mais desafios com a atual pandemia: os envolvidos na economia informal.

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Our Pandemic and Our Planet

Apr 02, 2020

Dr. Gina Lovasi from Drexel University Urban Health Collaborative discusses how understanding the relationship between the health of the public and our planet can help identify win-win situations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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COVID-19 and Latin American cities

Mar 27, 2020

Dr. Usama Bilal, Co-Investigator of the SALURBAL project, highlights how economic and health inequalities display challenges for Latin American cities during COVID-19.

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How can urban health research drive policy action?

Feb 27, 2020

SALURBAL’s latest policy brief, “Knowledge to Policy Translation for Urban Health,” explores ways researchers can support evidence-based policies and interventions.

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RUCAS involucra a los ciudadanos de Santiago

Feb 12, 2020

A través de diversos instrumentos el proyecto RUCAS busca determinar la condición de la salud urbana de ciudadanos en Santiago de Chile, así como difundir los resultados a involucrados y líderes políticos para generar el diseño de mejores polícias en materia de vivienda.

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Urban Interventions: How Bike-shares Can Be Harnessed for Health Equity

Jun 03, 2019

Bike-share schemes have become a popular method to promote cycling in large cities because they provide affordable access to bikes. Bike-shares are well-suited for short-distance trips in urban areas and can be combined with other modes of transport for longer commutes. However, in some countries, these have been accused of social inaccessibility.

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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 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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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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Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean Event at World Urban Forum Emphasizes Global Collaboration

Mar 16, 2018

At the WUF9 conference in February, LAC-Urban Health members hosted a networking event which provided fertile ground for discussing how health-relevant public policies and programs can also help deliver SDG objectives in cities across the globe.

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Research Reflections for International Women's Day: Women's Political Empowerment and Health in Latin America

Mar 08, 2018

Women’s involvement in politics can have sizeable and positive effects on health, stressing the need for women's leadership in policymaking and the design of health strategies.

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When it comes to urban health, the world should look towards Latin America as a start

Feb 28, 2018

This inaugural post takes us through the complexities of urbanization and health in Latin America, explaining how the region's response offers lessons and strategies to other parts of the world. 

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