Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

The Urban Built Environment and Climate Change


Thursday March 15, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Sutton North

New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.


  • CUGH Research Committee

  •  Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., M.P.H., President, International Society for Urban Health and Professor, New York University College of Global Public Health 

  • Jonathan Patz, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Global Health Institute and Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison 

  • David Vlahov, Ph.D., R.N. Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Nursing; Editor, Journal of Urban Health

Recently, the United Nations promulgated a major set of goals to confront the challenges for sustainable development, and for the first time ever, recognized the reality of a rapidly urbanizing world. In 2007, half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, the proportion will be over two-thirds , with the greatest population growth expected in LMICs This has broad implications for global patterns of infectious and non-communicable diseasesand for the impact of the built and natural environments on human health. Absent effective management/governance of this process, cities face challenges in addressing the basic needs of vulnerable populations within urban slums such as adequate safe water, sanitation, health care, housing, and education. Complicating these challenges is climate change. As sea levels rise and adverse weather conditions become more frequent, urban areas are at special risk for threats to health. Two-thirds of cities with populations greater than 2.5 million people are coastal and estimates are that 80% of the world’s population live within 64 miles of the coasts. The array of challenges are daunting yet urban planning with good urban governance that addresses the built, natural and social environment can lead us closer to sustainable development and health equity. This session will explore both the challenges and the successes in addressing these new realities and the evidence base needed for policy change.