Urban Health & Place

Public health is not just about healthcare, but also about shaping policy decisions so that they create healthier, more equitable communities in which people live, learn, work and play. The place where people live, how communities are planned and built, and the types of access and services provided within them, directly impacts health. Developing land use planning policies and practices that promote health and well-being is integral for health promotion, prevention and reducing health disparities.


Using this aforementioned framework, the Urban Health and Place Team within the Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability develops, applies and disseminates spatial tools, research and expertise to assess environmental conditions in response to urban health inequities and environmental policy gaps.  We assess many elements of the built environment including: land use, transportation, housing, water, air quality, noise quality, climate, and other aspects of health.


With a focus on San Francisco, we use health impact assessment tools and our general public health expertise to work with community stakeholders and government agencies to inform project development and decision-making to promote healthy environments and address health inequities in public policy.  We believe the design of the built environment is critical to urban health and are dedicated to working with other our local city agencies, community-based organizations, state and federal partners to provide technical assistance and analysis and innovative policy solutions to end chronic health conditions through the design of our City.



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