9th International Conference on Urban Health: October 27-29, 2010 in NY, NY
The 9th International Conference on Urban Health now invites abstract, workshop, and special session submissions for consideration in the conference program. Deadline is Monday, May 31, 2010. For questions and submissions, please contact: .
This year’s theme, Good Governance for Healthy Cities, was chosen to showcase the importance of governance in creating healthy cities and improving the health of urban populations, as well as the social and public health policies that are required to address these issues.
The conference will address governance in a number of ways: how governments can develop and implement policy that improves the health of all urban residents and reduces urban inequities; how non-health sectors that determine urban social environments might come together to impact and improve health; and how government, civil society and business can combine to conduct health impact assessments and promote health in all policies.
The field of Urban Health is rooted in the World Health Organization Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986), whereby “health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being.” Urban health has developed as important changes in patterns of disease and disability have been noted in urban populations, encouraging health professionals to expand their vision to include social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.
Such issues have been magnified in our rapidly urbanizing world. Today nearly 50% of the world’s population lives in urban settings, and by 2030 almost 60% of humanity will live in cities. Much of that population lives in less wealthy nations, and in areas of urban poverty, or slums. The proportion of urban residents who are significantly economically disadvantaged is expected to grow in the next 50 years. The growth of cities in lower and middle income countries has outstripped the corresponding growth in infrastructures, security, and food, water, and sanitation availability, resulting in the “dual epidemiological burden” of chronic and infectious diseases.
Examples of topics to be addressed:
Global Urbanization Processes and Prospects
1. Climate Change, Urban Health, and Sustainable Development
2. Urbanization and Health in the Developing World
3. Urban Poor Funds, Micro-finance approaches, and Public-Private Partnerships
4. Demography: Migration, Fertility, Mortality, Drivers of Urbanization
Urban Health Disparities
1. Drivers of Slum Formation
2. Neighborhood-Level Influences on Health
3. Residential Segregation and Health
4. Serial Displacement and Health
5. Areas of Concentrated Disadvantage and Health
Diseases in Urban Settings
1. HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
2. Other Communicable Diseases
3. Non-communicable Diseases
4. Innovative Methods and Measurements