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Drexel: Health in All Urban Policies – Lessons from Latin American Cities

Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently co-produced a policy brief, “Health in All Urban Policies: Lessons from Latin American Cities.” The research outlines the principles of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to understanding how urban environments affect health, and how urban policies and interventions across sectors can impact the health of people in cities. A HiAP approach recognizes that health care provision and coverage are only two of many aspects of urban environments that influence health and inequities in health outcomes.

This brief describes initiatives by SALURBAL and PAHO to advance HiAP implementation in Latin American cities, introducing key concepts related to HiAP, research and evidence to support this approach, and recommendations for policymakers and the academic community for leveraging action across sectors to promote health, equity, and environmental sustainability.

SALURBAL, represented by project director Dr. Ana Diez Roux, dean at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, together with Dr. Gerry Eijkemans of PAHO, launched the document on October 31 in Paipa, Colombia, where they presented the brief to the mayor, Mr.Yamid Noé Hurtado. The event marked the third regional meeting of the Healthy Municipalities, Cities and Communities (HMCC) Movement and convened mayors and municipal leaders from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Download the brief at the LAC Urban Health website.

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