Why We Need Urban Health Equity Indicators: Integrating Science, Policy, and Community


Alison Cohen, Jason Corburn


adaptive management, California, health equity, healthy cities, indicator, Kenya, Nairobi, participatory indicator process, Richmond, social determinants of health, urban, urban health equity indicators


PLOS Medicine

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Policy Summary

Global urbanization has and will continue to challenge city planners, public health officials, and policy makers on creating cities that support health equity for all residents. The authors call for creation of more context-specific urban health indicators that embody social determinants of health (ex: percentage of eligible residents receiving housing subsidies) as well as greater use of adaptative management model (systems thinking, iterative, promotes action) by policy makers. Examples are provided from Richmond, California and in Mathare Valley, Kenya.

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