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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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Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) (“Urban Health in Latin America”) 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 and the College of Arts and Sciences, along with collaborators from universities in Latin America. The SALURBAL research team also consists of UHC post-doctoral fellows and Dornsife doctoral students. In total, the SALURBAL project features a team from 13 institutions representing seven countries in Latin America and three partner universities in the U.S. (including Drexel University). The project is the main activity of the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-Urban Health).


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

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

University of the Andes

University of California at Berkeley

University of Chile

University of Sao Paulo,

Washington University in St Louis

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Research Methods

SALURBAL researchers are currently working on approximately 75 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 with its findings. 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 globally.


Research Team

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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].