Public Health IDEAS for Creating Healthy and Equitable Cities

Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this is expected to increase to 67% by 2050. Between the pandemic, climate change, other infectious and noncommunicable diseases, violence, and countless other issues, cities are facing unprecedented social, financial, environmental and physical challenges that impact the health and safety of urban populations.

We will identify sustainable strategies to address health equity and improve the health of urban communities across the globe, with a focus on addressing various determinants of health such as housing affordability, poverty, racism, and physical, environmental, and nutritional factors.

Faculty Leadership

Roshanak MehdipanahRoshanak Mehdipanah
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Mehdipanah specializes in innovative research methods including realist evaluations and concept mapping to develop conceptual frameworks linking complex interventions to health. She has led several projects on housing and health including health evaluations of housing policies on affordability and discrimination within the US. 

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Lu WangLu Wang
Professor, Biostatistics

Wang’s research focuses on statistical methods for evaluating dynamic treatment regimes, personalized health care, nonparametric and semiparametric regressions, missing data analysis, functional data analysis, and longitudinal (correlated/clustered) data analysis. 

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