The SALURBAL team
1. Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions of the world and includes many cities of varying size with diverse economic, social and physical environments.
2. The Latin American region is also home to large social inequalities that manifest themselves in the form of significant health inequities within and across cities.
3. The region has experimented with a range of innovative policy initiatives in the areas of urban development, transportation, social inclusion, and the promotion of healthier behaviors, but health impacts have been rarely quantified.
4. The SALURBAL (Salud Urbana en América Latina) project is the first Latin American project to systematically investigate the factors associated with better health and lower health inequities in cities of Latin America.
5. A novel aspect of the project is employing methods to study linkages between urban health to environmental sustainability and using a combination of approaches (observation, policy evaluation and natural experiments, and systems approaches) to evaluate health impacts and identify promising urban policies.
6. Over a five-year period, SALURBAL will engage with scientists, policymakers and other sectors of civil society to identify key research questions and disseminate findings.
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