What’s New: the global observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities

Sponsored by the People, Health and Place Unit, the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities hosts and tracks evidence-based indicators developed for The Lancet Global Health series on Urban Design, Transport and Health. The Observatory enables the assessment of healthy and sustainable urban design and planning for cities across the globe.

We are a founding unit of the International People, Health, and Place Research Group.

About the International PHP Research Group

Place is a major contributor to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The International PHP Research Group aims to understand how place-based factors contribute globally to population health and health disparities through research and capacity-building activities.

Our goal is to build and sustain a cooperative group of scientists and researchers around the world who will work together on studies, courses, and programs that elevate research and practice of space- and place-based public health science. This work will inform evidence-based strategies centered on promoting inclusive and healthy places—a critical task for achieving health equity locally and globally.

Our work focuses on both research and capacity building. Research projects of the PHP International Research Group examine the environmental and social contexts that impact health and wellbeing. Capacity building efforts include the joint development of graduate-level courses on place-based health science and the production of user-centered training materials on the use of environmental audits, methodologies, and measurement tools.

Our core values include:

  • Health equity, as both a focus of our research and an outcome of our work;
  • Shared commitment to working on both local and global scales, including:
    • creating international partnerships that strengthen the capacity for place-based research and practice;
    • intentionally developing an international portfolio of research projects;
    • disseminating training resources and study results to practitioners and communities; and
    • committing to work that benefits community health and wellbeing.
  • Team science, taking the form of:
    • producing collaborative grant proposals with multiple investigators; and
    • creating a framework for the development of sustainable, inter-institutional research projects.

About the Unit

The PHP Unit – St. Louis aims to understand how place-based factors contribute to health disparities, and will use this information to inform evidence-based strategies centered on promoting inclusive and healthy places is critical for achieving health equity locally and globally. See our current and past projects here.

If interested in becoming WUSTL faculty, staff, a postdoc or student affiliate, or an external partner or collaborator in people, health, and place research, please contact Dr. Rodrigo Reis at reis.rodrigo@wustl.edu.