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Reimagining Health in Cities: Challenges and New Directions

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*Deadline to register is August 22nd, 2019

About the Symposium

Today’s cities face many challenges, including climate change, rising inequality, and health disparities. Yet urban environments offer optimum opportunities for the development of innovative programs and policies that can improve population health. The biennial Drexel Urban Health Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to spark conversations and new ideas about how to turn evidence into action, share creative methods and solutions, and stimulate debate among participants from diverse perspectives and fields.

Topics Include:

  • Addressing urban health crises and disaster preparedness
  • Perspectives of urban health leaders
  • Place-based approaches to health
  • Innovations in data collection and analysis for research
  • The role of cities in creating changes in population health
  • Urban design and action strategies to improve health
  • Urbanization, migration and displacement

Symposium Location

Drexel University
Dornsife School of Public Health
Nesbitt Hall
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Information for visiting Philadelphia

Local Hotels:

The Study at University City
20 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.387.1400

Sheraton Philadelphia University City
3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.387.8000

The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.0200

Homewood Suites by Hilton University City 
4109 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.382.1111

Sonesta Hotel
1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 
215.561.7500 or 800.SONESTA (766.3782)

Ground Transportation:

The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health is conveniently located close to Philadelphia 30th Street Train Station and SEPTA trolley and SEPTA subway stations. Participants may choose to take SEPTA’s Airport Line from Philadelphia International Airport. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes. Taxi service is readily available in the Philadelphia area, and is located outside each terminal. Fares are approximately $30-35 one way from the airport.

Who is the Symposium For?

The symposium will bring together participants across sectors and disciplines with an interest in urban health including researchers, practitioners, policymakers, planners, environmentalists, students and other stakeholders. We welcome participation from different career stages and geographic areas.

Poster Session and Reception

The poster session and reception will take place on the afternoon of September 5, 2019. The poster session will cover a broad range of research topics related to urban health and provide an informal setting to discuss the themes of the symposium.

Poster Session Location

Drexel University
Bossone Research Center
(Lobby and 3rd floor atrium level)
3140 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pre-Symposium

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Pre-symposium Session

Levels and Determinants of Urban Mortality: A focus on cities of Latin America

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative's Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) project is convening a pre-symposium event to discuss challenges and opportunities in characterizing and studying the determinants of urban mortality with a special focus on the Latin American context. The event will be made up of a keynote address and two expert panels:

-Methodologic Panel: Challenges in the assessment of patterns of urban mortality in Latin American cities

-Mortality in Latin American Cities: Preliminary results from the SALURBAL project

Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Ana Diez Roux, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University 
  • Dr. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA
  • Dr. Piedad Urdinola, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Dr. Bernardo Lanza Quieroz, Associate Professor, Department of Demography, UFMG, Brazil
  • Dr. Sofia Palacio-Mejia, Professor, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Mexico
  • Dr. Usama Bilal, Assistant Research Faculty, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University
  • Dr. Alex Quistberg, Assistant Research Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University
  • Ana Ortigoza, Doctoral Candidate, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Drexel University


Separate registration is required for this event.

Register for the Pre-Symposium

PRE-SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

8:00 - 8:30

Breakfast for speakers and attendees

8:30-8:40


Introduction and welcome

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Director, Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University

8:40-9:30


Keynote

Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, PhD, MA, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA
"Mortality in Latin America: Levels and Trends"

9:30-11:00


Methodologic Panel: Challenges in the assessment of patterns of urban mortality in latin american cities

  • Urban mortality in México
  • Quality and causes of death in Colombian cities
  • Estimates of adult mortality in small-areas in Brazil: Spatial and temporal trends

 

11:00-11:20


coffee break

11:20-12:35


Mortality in Latin american cities: preliminary results from the salurbal project

12:35-12:45


closing remarks

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Director, Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University

Symposium Agenda

Thursday, September 5, 2019

8:00 - 8:30

Registration, Coffee and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:40

Welcome and Overview

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Director, Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University

Session 1
8:45 - 10:30

Addressing urban health crises and disaster preparedness: the perspective of urban health leaders

  • Lillian Rivera, PhD, MSN, RN, Retired Administrator and Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County
  • Andrew Miller, MD, Public Health Officer, Butte County Public Health Department, California
  • Chrissie Juliano, MPP, Executive Director, Big Cities Health Coalition
  • Nestor Saul Hernandez Milan, MD, Director of Health Services, Institute of Public Health at the State of Baja California (ISESALUD)

Discussant

  • Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, President & Chief Executive Officer, de Beaumont Foundation

Session 2
10:50 - 12:30

Placed-based approaches to health: from rural to urban environments

  • Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, PhD, Research Professor in Environmental Epidemiology, ISGlobal, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain
  • Anne Palmer, MAIA, MA, Food Communities and Public Health Program Director, Center for a Livable Future, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Pete DeCarlo, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University
  • Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Discussant

  • Kelly Henning, PhD, Epidemiologist and Medical Doctor, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Session 3
1:30 - 3:15

Innovations in data collection and analysis in urban health research

  • Ryan Demmer, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Co-Director, Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute, Columbia University
  • Quynh Nguyen, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland
  • Jaime Madrigano, ScD, MPH, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Jane Clougherty, MSC, ScD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Discussant

  • Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH, Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Poster Session
3:30 - 5:30


Friday, September 6, 2019

8:00 - 8:30

Registration, Coffee and Breakfast

Session 4
8:30 - 9:45

Keynote address: Thomas Farley, Md, MPH, Health commissioner, city of Philadelphia 

 

Session 5
9:45 - 11:00

Urban Design and action strategies to improve health

  • Anita Chandra, DrPH, MPH, Vice President and Director, RAND Social Economic Well-Being, RAND Corporation
  • Joanna Frank, President and CEO, Center for Active Design
  • Mark Stevenson, PhD, Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne
  • Adam Freed, MUP, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Discussant

  • Ira Goldstein, PhD, President, Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund

Session 6
11:15 - 12:30

Urbanization, migration and displacement

  • Matthew Hauer, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Florida State University
  • Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD, MA, Vice Dean, College of Global Public Health, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU
  • Catherine Kyobutungi, PhD, MS, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research, African Population and Health Research Center

12:30 - 12:35

Closing Remarks

Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH, Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health, Co-Director, Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University