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Strengthening Health in Cities, from Local to Global

Urban health and environmental sustainability challenges are pervasive across the globe. The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative is uniquely positioned to connect partners across diverse locations, coordinate exchange and support collaborative research of policies and initiatives that promote health. The Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) engages in a wide range of partnerships and urban health training both in person and virtually.

International Research, Partnerships and Training

LAC-Urban Health Network

The UHC has strong ties to Latin America through participation in the Urban Health Network for Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC-Urban Health network). As a network for urban health research and knowledge exchange, the group brings together public health practitioners, researchers, policy makers and communities to improve health in cities across Latin America and the Caribbean and provide insights relevant to urban areas worldwide.

The Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) Project

The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and partners throughout Latin America and in the United States are working together to study how urban environments and urban policies impact the health of city residents throughout Latin America through the . Their findings will inform policies and interventions to create healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable cities worldwide.

Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research

The Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research (GATHER) is a T-37 training grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Trainees from Drexel or other universities advance their careers in global health equity through mentored and skills-based research training.

Drexel-INCAP Training Program on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Central America

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) and the Research Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (CIIPEC) at the Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) offer a training program to research cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk across the lifespan in Central America.


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The UHC hosts symposia to convene experts and build a knowledge base around factors that impact global urban health. The symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of backgrounds to stimulate novel ideas for research, debates on policies and their implications for communities, and a sense of urgency for community and policy action.

Visiting Scholars

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The Urban Health Collaborative hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows from around the globe to broaden our perspective and understanding, and to provide training opportunities for urban health researchers. This rotating diversity of experience and professional training inspires new approaches to urban health challenges.


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Improving health in cities happens through collaborations and shared knowledge, strengthening the ties between cities, locally and globally. Drexel University and partners from across Latin America and in the U.S. are collaborating to study how urban environments and urban policies impact the health of city residents through Latin America.