Making Cities Matter in Promoting Population Health and Reducing Health Disparities

March 27, 2018 @ 9:49 pm

The Columbia Population Research Center of the School of Social Work and Mailman School of Public Health, in partnership with the Urban and Social Policy Concentration of the School of International and Public Affairs, announce an event: “Cities Matter: The Role of Cities in Promoting Health” (#CitiesMatter), to take place Tuesday, December 5, keynoted by former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter.

At a time when worsening maternal mortality rates in the United States are making the news—women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world, and black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy or delivery complications—a group of Columbia University experts will convene to discuss measures that can be taken at the city level to improve urban health and reduce gaps in health between less and more advantaged groups. Maternal health is just one measure that shows glaring health disparities; others include infant mortality, life expectancy, percent low birth weight, crime-related mortality, injury mortality, and cancer mortality.

#CitiesMatter kicks off with a keynote address by former mayor Michael Nutter on his experience with city-level efforts to improve health and reduce health disparities, followed by a panel discussion among Columbia University professors from across disciplines on what cities can and should do to improve population health and reduce disparities.

International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 West 118th St. 10027

Tickets are free, and you may participate in the event in person (register here) or via livestream (register here).