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Designing and implementing urban health projects: exploring impact assessment tools and best practices
May 25 @ 11:00 - 12:00
In 2021, 75% of the total population of the European Union lived in urban areas. Urban areas can have both positive and negative effects on human health. Citizens living in urban areas have better access to care facilities but are also exposed to higher infrastructure density, heavier air pollution, and increased stress. Cities whose urban planning policies are steered by health priorities are obviously more advanced in disease prevention and well-being promotion. There is also growing evidence that blue and green spaces have beneficial and restorative effects on mental and physical health. The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of contact with blue and green spaces to reduce stress, carry out physical activity, and provide opportunities for social interaction. Expecting a further increase in the urban population in the coming decades, we should reflect on what kind of urban policy design will make current and future generations thrive and if universal access to blue and green spaces in the city can help to reduce health inequalities by their positive impact on wellbeing. The second webinar organised within the framework of the HEART project, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, aims to help professionals from various backgrounds understand how to strategically design and implement urban health strategies and projects that can make a positive impact on public health. Our expert panelists Ms Ruth Gow (Architect & Urban Planner at Healthy Cities), Ms Saira Ali (Team Leader Landscape Design and Conservation at the City of Bradford Metropolitan District), Mr Richard Middleton (Project Officer Townscape Heritage Scheme at the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) and Dr Ana M. Novoa (Senior Public Health Technician at the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona – ASPB) will share their insights and experiences on the best practices for designing and implementing urban health strategies. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with urban health initiatives and will explore existing health impact assessment tools that can facilitate the conception and implementation of such projects.