Public health city planners and policy experts in Latin America agreed to launch a network to stimulate research, facilitate new collaborative training, and work together to influence policy and decision makers, following an exploratory meeting of Latin American leaders from academia, urban design, public policy, government, and urban health convened by Dornsife School of Public Health Dean Ana Diez Roux. Meeting at Drexel University, the Latin American group shared challenges and successful programs that could be replicated in cities near and far. Participants represent Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia, from universities and organizations including United Nations University, the Pan American Health Organization and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The network will be coordinated by the Dornsife School of Public Health, in partnership with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations University (UNU), co-founders of the initiative. The next meeting is being planned to take place in Chile this winter, and infrastructure and collaborative tools are being established as the network prepares to grow.