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Urban Health: Global Perspectives

David Vlahov (Editor), Jo Ivey Boufford (Editor), Clarence E. Pearson (Editor), Laurie Norris (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-88084-5
500 pages
October 2010, Jossey-Bass
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In the twentieth century, the urban settings of the wealthy nations were largely associated with opportunity, accumulation of wealth, and better health than their rural counterparts. In the twenty-first century, demographic changes, globalization, and climate change are having important health consequences on wealthy nations and especially on low- and middle-income countries. The increasing concentration of poverty and significant inequalities between urban neighborhoods and the physical and social environments in cities are important determinants of population health. In this important new book, experts identify the priority problems and outline solutions that can generate and sustain healthy urban environments.

Foreword by Michael H. Bloomberg

Contributors include:

Sue Atkinson, John G. Bartlett, Angela Beaton, Karl Brown,  Pamela Ligouri Bunker,  Robert J. Bunker,  Scott Burris, Waleska Teixeira Caiffa,  Roel A. Coutinho, Manuel Carballo, Ruth Colagiuri, Beatriz de Faria Leao, Amélia Augusta de Lima Friche, Alex Ezeh, Geoff Green, Claudio Giulliano da Costa Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Ruth Finkelstein, Julio Frenk, Nicholas Freudenberg, Fu Hua, Sandro Galea, Ticia Gerber, Carola Hein, Catherine Hull, Tord Kjellstrom, Jacob Kumaresan, Catherine Ronald Labonté, Stephen Leeder, Godfrey Mbarauku, Gordon McGranahan, Patricia Monge, Mark R. Montgomery, Martin Mulenga, Ana Luiza Nabuco, Julie Netherland, Ndioro Ndiaye, Rougui Ndiaye-Coïc, Kalala Ngalamulume, Danielle Ompad, Stipe Oreskovic, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Jonathan Parkinson, Fernando Augusto Proietti, Thomas C. Quinn, Carlos E. Restrepo, Kevin J. Robinson, Jonathan M. Samet, David Satterthwaite, Richard H. Schneider, Ted Schrecker, Elliott Sclar, Maria Steenland, Agis Tsouros, Arnoud P. Verhoeff, Nicole Volavka-Close, Michael Ward, Vanessa Watson, Rae Zimmerman.

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Table of Contents

The New York Academy of Medicine.

Foreword (Michael R. Bloomberg).


Acknowledgments (David Vlahov).

Introduction (Margaret Chan).

The Editors.

The Contributors.

1. Urban Health in a Global Perspective (David Vlahov and Jo Ivey Boufford).

2. Globalization (Ted Schrecker and Ronald Labonté).

3. The Demographics of Urbanization in Poor Countries (Mark R. Montgomery).

4. Migration, Health Systems, and Urbanization (Ndioro Ndiaye, Manuel Carbhallo, and Rougui Ndiaye-Coïc).

5. Immigrant Health in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Arnoud P. Verhoeff and Roel A. Coutinho).

6. City Case Studies
Global Climate Change and Cities (Tord Kjellstrom and Patricia Monge).

7. Age-Friendly New York City (Ruth Finkelstein and Julie Netherland).

8. Global Infectious Diseases and Urbanization (Thomas C. Quinn and John G. Bartlett).

9. City Case Studies
Confronting the New Epidemics in Our Cities (Stephen Leeder, Angela Beaton, Cathie Hull, Ruth Colagiuri, and Michael Ward).

10. Chronic Disease Care in Nairobi's Urban Informal Settlements (Catherine Kyobutungi and Alex Ezeh).

11. Crime, Violence, Public Health, and Urban Life (Richard H. Schneider).

12. A Global Perspective on Disasters and Their Consequences in the Urban Environment (Maria Steenland, Godfrey Mbaruku, and Sandro Galea).

13. City Case Studies: Urban Terrorism (Robert J. Bunker and Pamela L. Bunker).

14. The Culture of Peace Against Violence in Zagreb (Stipe Oreskovic).

15. Urban Health Services and Health Systems Reform (Julio Frenk and Octavio Gómez-Dantés).

16. City Case Studies: Information Flow and Integrated E-Health Systems (Veronica Olazabal, Ticia Gerber, Beatriz de Faria Leao, Claudio Giulliano da Costa, Karl Brown, and Ariel Pablos-Méndez).

17. Governance for Health in London: Utilizing the Health Impact Assessment (Sue Atkinson).

18. Provision of Water and Sanitation Services (Jonathan Parkinson, Martin Mulenga, and Gordon McGranahan).

19. Urban Transportation (Rae Zimmerman and Carlos E. Restrepo).

20. Informal Settlements: In Search of a Home in the City (Vanessa Watson).

21. Urban Air Quality (Jonathan M. Samet).

22. Urban Planning and Aesthetics (Carola Hein, Kalala Ngalamulume, and Kevin J. Robinson).

23. Healthy Urban Governance (Scott Burris and Danielle Ompad).

24. Global Business at the Local Level (Nicholas Freudenberg).

25. Citizen Action for Urban Poverty Reduction in Low- and Middle-Income Nations (David Satterthwaite).

26. City Case Studies
Healthy Cities: Lessons Learned (Agis Tsouros and Geoff Green).

27. The Healthy City Program in Shanghai (Fu Hua).

28. Urban Health and Governance Model in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa, Ana Luiza Nabuco, Amélia Augusta de Lima Friche, and Fernando Augusto Proietti).

29. Improving Population Health in a Rapidly Urbanizing World (Nicole Volavka-Close and Elliott D. Sclar).

30. Future Directions (Jacob Kumaresan).



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Author Information

David Vlahov, Ph.D., R.N., is senior vice president for research and director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine and professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University.

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is president of The New York Academy of Medicine; professor of public service, health policy, and management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and clinical professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

Clarence Pearson, M.P.H., is a former senior advisor to the World Health Organization at the United Nations. He conceived the series of global health books for Jossey-Bass and serves as the series' executive editor.

Laurie Norris, M.A., is an intercultural communications consultant. She serves as managing editor for the global health series published by Jossey-Bass.

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