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Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL)

Lessons from Latin America on what makes cities healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable

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Research Summary

The Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) project is a five-year multi-country research project coordinated by the Dornsife School of Public Health and based at Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative. SALURBAL is funded by a $12 million grant from the Wellcome Trust; its principal investigator is Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, dean and distinguished professor of Epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Many of the project’s co-investigators are Drexel faculty members from Dornsife, the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools, along with collaborators from Latin America-based universities through the LAC-Urban Health Network. The SALURBAL research team also consists of UHC post-doctoral fellows and Dornsife doctoral students. In total, the SALURBAL project features a team from 10 institutions representing seven countries in Latin America, two partner universities in the U.S., as well as international and civil society organizations. The project is supported by the LAC-Urban Health Network, convened at the Dornsife School of Public Health in September 2015.


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Federal University of Minas Gerais, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), National Institute of Public Health, National University of Lanus, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, University of the Andes, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chile, University of Sao Paulo, and Washington University in St Louis.


Research Methods

SALURBAL researchers are currently working on approximately 20 studies related to city and neighborhood-level factors and health outcomes, evaluations of urban policies and interventions, and systems methods applied to urban issues. Through dissemination, outreach, and events, SALURBAL seeks to reach a diverse group of policymakers, researchers, civil society organizations, and the public. One of the project’s long-term goals is to share evidence and insights to promote urban health on policy agendas across levels of governments and support policy and planning processes to build healthier cities.


Research Team

Learn More About SALURBAL

For more about the Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) project, our partners and goals, visit the LAC-Urban Health Network website.

This project is supported by the Wellcome Trust [205177/Z/16/Z]