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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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Launched in 2017, the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) or Urban Health in Latin America Project convenes faculty, students, and staff at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health and from partner institutions across Latin America and the United States. SALURBAL engages over 200 professionals from multiple disciplines to study the ways urban environments and urban policies impact the health of city residents throughout Latin America. SALURBAL has collected and harmonized data from 371 cities in 11 countries, allowing the team to examine differences in health and wellbeing both between and within urban areas. Our dissemination and policy outreach activities engage diverse stakeholders across Latin America to ensure that project findings inform policies and interventions to create healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable cities. SALURBAL is funded by the Wellcome Trust [205177/Z/16/Z] and led by Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of the Urban Health Collaborative and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Institutional partners

  • Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina
  • Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Instituto de Nutrición de Centroamérica y Panamá (INCAP), Guatemala
  • Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP), Mexico
  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
  • Drexel University, USA
  • Washington University at St. Louis, USA
  • University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), USA

Research Approach and Data Resources

SALURBAL analyzes urban data and uses systems approaches to understand the dynamic relationships between urban environments, health, equity, and environmental impacts.

SALURBAL’s policy evaluation studies help us understand the health and environmental impacts of six city and neighborhood-level policies and interventions over time.

The SALURBAL data resource includes social, economic, environmental, and health indicators compiled and harmonized across 11 countries. This data is free and publicly available. To learn more, visit the SALURBAL data page.

To-date, the SALURBAL team has produced more than 100 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, and data briefs. Key findings are disseminated in English, Spanish, and Portuguese via press releases, blog posts, a regular newsletter, and across our social media channels. Local dialogues, regionally-focused webinars, and other events convene urban health stakeholders throughout the region to discuss the relevance of project findings for decision making.

Research Team

See the SALURBAL team page for a full list of collaborators. 

Learn More About SALURBAL

Visit the SALURBAL website

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