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GLOBAL RESEARCH NETWORK ON URBAN HEALTH EQUITY (GRNUHE)

Health equity through action on the social determinants in urban environments in low and middle income countries

The Rockefeller Foundation has funded the establishment of a Global Research Network on Urban Health Equity (GRNUHE).

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GRNUHE´s focus is on evidence for action on the social determinants of health, particularly in low and middle income countries. GRNUHE follows on from the work of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health which stated that communities, neighbourhoods and cities that ensure access to basic goods, that are socially cohesive, that are designed to promote good physical and psychological well-being and that are protective of the natural environment are essential for health equity.

The network is convened by Dr Sharon Friel, and comprises Professor Sir Michael Marmot of University College London, researchers predominantly from low and middle income countries, but also includes key urban health researchers in high income countries, urban planners, non-government organisations and international development agencies.

GRNUHE will meet three times during the course of 2009/2010 to review the current knowledge in urban health, set direction for a global research agenda and develop concrete collaborative research projects in low and middle income countries. Specifically, the aims of GRNUHE are fivefold:

  • provide an opportunity to utilise the existing global evidence in countries too often under-resourced in terms of evidence and capacity;
  • develop both a suitable intellectual framework and a methodological approach to undertake urban health equity research in low and middle income countries;
  • support the necessary expansion of evidence in key areas relevant to the emerging health and social issues in contextually different corners of the world;
  • provide global leadership in urban health equity that combines research, training and policy expertise within a multisectoral, interdisciplinary collaborative framework;
  • develop a practical suite of collaborative action-oriented research projects in urban health equity.

For further information please contact:

Dr Sharon Friel (GRNUHE convenor)
Director
Global Health Equity Group
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London, England
Email:
s.friel (@) ucl.ac.uk

Miss Modi Mwatsama (GRNUHE coordinator)
Senior Researcher
Global Health Equity Group
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London, England
Email:
m.mwatsama (@) ucl.ac.uk

Ms Corrinne Frazzoni (GRNUHE administrator)
Global Health Equity Group
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London, England
Email:
c.frazzoni (@) ucl.ac.uk

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