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The Urban Health Collaborative produces briefs to disseminate information to a range of stakeholders. Topics covered by our briefs include: levels of health and health determinants in Philadelphia neighborhoods and other urban areas, novel methodological approaches in urban health, and promising urban health policies.

The UHC publishes several different types of briefs. These briefs can serve as a resource for community leaders, local organizations, providers, and other stakeholders.


Data briefs describe and analyze on urban health and health determinants.

Data Brief: Gun Deaths in Big Cities

Data Brief: Drug Overdose Deaths in Big Cities

Data Brief: Using the Big Cities Health Inventory to Examine Obesity and City Environment

Data Brief: Police Violence is a Public Health Issue

Data Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 in Latino Communities in Philadelphia

Data Brief: COVID-19 in Context: Racism and Racial Inequities in Philadelphia

Data Brief: Obesity and Cutting Meals in Philadelphia

Data Brief: Behavioral Health in Philadelphia

Data Brief: Neighborhood Poverty and Health in Philadelphia

Data Brief: Alcohol Outlets and Violence in Philadelphia

Community profiles provide a snapshot of factors affecting health in a particular neighborhood.

Community Brief: Cancer and Cancer Health Disparities in Philadelphia

Community Health Profile: Kensington

Community Violence Profile: Eastern North Philadelphia

Community Brief: Home Preservation and Health

Community Health Profile: West Philadelphia

Methods briefs explore novel methodological approaches to studying urban areas.

Methods Brief: Estimating Health in Small Areas

Methods Brief: Measuring Gentrification

Policy briefs analyze how policies affect health in urban areas.

Policy Brief: Indoor Dining and COVID-19

Policy Brief: Paid Sick Leave Strengthens Vaccination Rates, Narrows Disparities

Narrative briefs provide detail on a particular tool or product and demonstrate the different ways in which they can be used.

Narrative Brief: Tracking Inequities in COVID-19 Related Outcomes