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The mission of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative is to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of urban health challenges and opportunities, and by identifying and promoting actions and policies that improve population health and reduce health inequities.

The UHC builds capacity by partnering and exchanging information with:

  • Community residents, leaders, and organizations to help advocate for health promoting change in cities and neighborhoods, and
  • Policymakers, government stakeholders and other decision makers to help inform urban policies so that they promote health and reduce health inequities.

Much of health is influenced by the places where people live, their environment, their neighbors, and societal norms. It’s at this level where we see great potential for informed action to impact health. Drexel's Urban Health Collaborative was founded to bring research evidence to stakeholders including those in a position to enact or advocate for community change and population health improvement within cities. We focus on generating data and information on health inequalities and the drivers of health for neighborhoods within cities.

The UHC aims to:

  • describe health variation in cities and conduct research on the drivers of population health and health inequalities in cities;
  • identify and evaluate policies to improve health in cities;
  • engage with communities and policy makers to disseminate information, promote public awareness, and catalyze action to build healthy cities; 
  • train practitioners, scientists and policymakers so that they can effectively intervene to improve urban health. 

The UHC is committed to

Data for action: generating information on the magnitude and causes of urban health problems that is useful to city residents, and policymakers, including comparative data across neighborhoods that can be used to motivate local action and healthy policies (place–based approaches).

View our Data Briefs

Evidence for policy: identifying the interventions and policies best suited to improving health and eliminating health inequalities, including generating the evidence base for these actions and rigorously evaluating interventions and policies after they are implemented.

View our Evidence Briefs

Community and policymaker engagement: connecting with communities, government, nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders in order to increase awareness of urban health issues and translate evidence into effective action.

View our Community Briefs

The UHC supports and is also supported by the missions of the Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel University. A core value of the Dornsife School of Public Health is health as a human right and that health is a social justice issue. At the university level, the UHC is supported by the Strategic Plans of the University and the School and by President John Fry’s commitment to make Drexel University “the most civically engaged university.”

Read more on Drexel University Civic Engagement

Learn about UHC Cores and our Structure