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Reinventing healthy and sustainable communities: reconnecting public health and urban planning

Mary E. Northridge, Elliott D. Sclar, Annie Feighery, Maryann Z. Fiebach and Emily Karpel Kurtz

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0004
Reinventing healthy and sustainable communities: reconnecting public health and urban planning

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People of low socioeconomic status must work harder to achieve the same level of health as people of high socioeconomic status. Not surprisingly, they end up, on average, living in poorer health. This chapter picks up this thread, arguing for better community planning to promote healthy behaviours on a wide scale in both developed and developing countries. It identifies four core themes considered as transferable best principles, essential in bringing policies and programmes up to scale to meet the twenty-first-century health challenge of slums and cities: interdisciplinary engagement, gender equality, sustainable development and democratic institution building. By developing policies and programmes that are pro-poor, the health and lives of all of us stand to improve.

Keywords: low socioeconomic status; community planning; interdisciplinary engagement; gender equality; sustainable development; democratic institution building

Chapter.  7113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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