April 19, 2017: A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills. A description of our work in Richmond, California, specifically the adoption of our “Health in All Policies” ordinance. The article highlights some of our strategies to ensure health equity is systemically woven into city plans and budget decisions ranging from transportation to housing. It is an example of how urban policy, a focus on vulnerable people and neighborhood interventions can address structural racism and related ‘toxic stress’ that are contributing to health inequities in cities around the world.
I am the author of a chapter focused on Children's Health in Cities in the WHO publication on Children's Environmental Health, released in March 2017. I highlight that the greater the social inequities in cities, the greater the disease burdens on women and children in those cities. Planning more inclusive cities is crucial for reducing risk and securing well-being for our most vulnerable future generations.
New paper on linking Slum Upgrading and Health Equity, published March 24, 2017 with co-author Alice Sverdlik in the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, doi:10.3390/ijerph14040342
My new book with Dr. Lee Riley, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, is available from UC Press as of June 2016. Slum Health exposes how and why slums can be unhealthy; reveals that not all slums are equal in terms of the hazards and health issues faced by residents; and suggests how slum dwellers, scientists, and social movements can come together to make slum life safer, more just, and healthier.