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Urban Development

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World Water Day 2022 – A long way to go towards achieving equitable access to water and sanitation in Latin American cities

Mar 22, 2022

March 22 is World Water Day, and we take this opportunity to reflect on what SALURBAL’s research is revealing about critical inequities in access to water and sanitation across Latin American cities. These insights can support urban planning and policymaking and drive targeted infrastructure improvements in the areas where they are most needed.

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Greenspaces and urban socioeconomic health inequalities in Latin America

Jan 20, 2022

A new SALURBAL study explores the role of greenspaces in determining mortality inequalities in cities across Latin America, and sheds light on the complex connections that should guide urban planning and decision-making to promote health equity.

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The effects of urbanization on mortality: Latin America vs. United States

Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Bilal discusses his recent research on urbanization and mortality using a urban scaling network to explore how mortality scales with city population size using vital registration and population data from 742 cities in 10 Latin American countries and the United States.

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Transformaciones urbanas y salud: Reflexiones sobre un diálogo entre comunidad, tomadores de decisión e investigadoras

Nov 15, 2021

El artículo es una reflexión sobre los desafíos y aprendizajes del "Diálogos SALURBAL" realizado el pasado 2 de septiembre que resultó del esfuerzo conjunto entre equipos de investigación en Brasil, Chile y Colombia

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Si la planificación no está al servicio de la salud de las personas y del planeta, ¿para qué sirve entonces?

Oct 31, 2021

En este Día Mundial de las Ciudades 2021, reiteramos el llamado a mejorar la cooperación entre sectores para asegurar que la salud se coloque a la vanguardia de las negociaciones, evaluaciones, y la toma de decisiones en nuestras ciudades.

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How trees can help cities tackle depression – and climate change – in Latin America

Oct 10, 2021

With nearly 530 million people, more than 80% of the region’s population, living in “depressogenic” environments, mental health should be integrated into urban planning and policy discussions. In Latin America, governments and citizens have tackled this issue by planting more trees in their cities.

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World Health Day 2021: Facing hard truths to build a fairer, healthier world

Apr 07, 2021

Building a fairer, healthier world requires first acknowledging that the impacts of the pandemic have been unequal, and that this unfairness is preventable. Effective public health research can help drive necessary change.

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El rol de los parques en una planeación urbana saludable durante y después de la pandemia

Mar 23, 2021

La Dr. Mika Moran, investigadora del proyecto SALURBAL, analiza el papel esencial de los parques y la equidad de los mismos como parte de una agenda más amplia de planificación urbana saludable.

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Where you live matters: Life expectancy and causes of death in Latin American cities

Jan 25, 2021

A new study led by SALURBAL researchers and published in Nature Medicine highlights differences in life expectancy and causes of death in cities across Latin America and explores potential drivers of these differences. 

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The role of parks in healthy urban planning during the pandemic and beyond

Aug 24, 2020

Dr. Mika Moran, researcher for the SALURBAL project, discusses the essential role of parks and park equity as part of a larger healthy urban planning agenda.

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Safety by numbers, empirical evidence in Bogotá

Jul 23, 2020

Dario Hidalgo discusses a new SALURBAL study that estimated the cycling population in Bogota, Colombia and the distance traveled to calculate crash and fatality rates. 

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Integrating urban planning and public health for an effective COVID-19 response

Jul 07, 2020

“Pandemics, cities and public health”: New SALURBAL research examines connection between pollution and COVID-19

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Jul 02, 2020

SALURBAL researchers discuss geopolitics and health in Brazil during the pandemic

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Quando a realidade vira ficção: na contramão da geopolítica e saúde em tempos de pandemia no Brasil

Jun 17, 2020

Pesquisadores da SALURBAL do Brasil discutem geopolítica e saúde no país durante a pandemia

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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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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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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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