The conference will consist of pre-conference workshops on Systems Approaches to Urban Health and Developing Principles and Curricula for Graduate Education in Urban Health, eight plenary sessions delivered by leading national and global experts, and up to 36 parallel sessions for oral and/or poster presentations, as well as pre-organized symposia and side sessions.
Four Thematic AreasThe conference is organized around four thematic areas:
1. Addressing socioeconomic and environmental determinants of urban health and health inequities
2. Urban health care and public health service provision across the life course
3. Measuring, mapping and monitoring urban health
4. Strengthening governance for urban health
A list of topics to be addressed within each area can be found here.
An additional four cross-cutting themes of particular interest reinforce critical conference goals, and presenters are encouraged to emphasize them when possible in any submission:
b. Addressing inequities and health disparities
c. Use of metrics to measure the results of intervention
d. Use of technology, including IT and social media to enhance both direct services and urban and organizational governance
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Create an account at www.icuh2015.org to submit up to two abstracts per individual author. Submissions should be a maximum of 300 words including title, background, objectives, method, results and recommendation.
No modifications can be made once the application has been submitted. Abstract must not have been previously published.
Abstracts should be clear, concise and written in English.
Include all co-authors and presenting author’s name, institute, country, theme and mode of presentation.
Provide requested contact information.
Notice of Decision
Notice of decision will be made by 15 January 2015. Decision is based on a rigorous blind review process.
Abstracts can be submitted without registration fee payment. Payment is mandatory for all participants, including Oral and Poster Presenters.
Submission Deadline: 15 November 2014, 11:59 PM BST
Shenzen, China incorporates natural landscape among the built environment; this mega-city has received international accolades in urban health and healthy city designs.
China's top three mega-cities have scored high on the World Health Organization's Urban Health Development Index but rated poorly for city management and environmental conditions.
The scores are disclosed in a research report released on Wednesday by the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The top three positions went to Shenzhen, with a score of 69.27; Shanghai, with 60.75; and Beijing, with 59.11. Zhaotong, in Yunnan province, ranked lowest of the 287 cities covered by the research, with 28.69.
Shenzhen ranked 19th for health of urban ecosystems; Shanghai ranked 47th and Beijing 208th.
Global Urban Health
Three mega-cities score high urban health marks
By: Yang Wanli September 18, 2014
The Urban Health Development Index, introduced by the WHO in the 1980s, is a globally recognized gauge of the health of a city's ecosystem, city management, economy, culture and society.
"A duality of social development, especially in the megalopolises, was found through our research. There is still an obvious disparity between the rich and the poor," said Song Yingchang, a researcher at the institute. "Bad air quality and poor traffic conditions also negatively affected urban health development in big cities," he said.
The number of Chinese cities with 1 million or more residents rose from five in 1949 to 66 last year, according to the United Nations.
The research report said that 12 percent of the 287 cities have a per capita GDP of more than 79,500 yuan ($12,945). According to the World Bank standard in 2013, a country with a high-income economy has a per capita GDP above $12,616.
"The economy in many Chinese cities has grown dramatically in the past decade. However, social development is still lagging," said Shan Jingjing, a researcher from the institute.
The Accident Research Institute (ARI),is a Center of Excellence for the advancement of safety research in Bangladesh. After launching in January 2002, the Accident Research Institute (ARI) has started formally as an institute to carry out scientific research and investigation to ascertain the causes of accidents on roads, railways and waterways in Bangladesh. The institute has also given the mandated function to create awareness for safety issues at different stages of community across the country and share acquired knowledge with the professionals at different levels to ensure safer transportation system. In order to achieve the above, there are two divisions in the institute: (i) Research and Investigation, and (ii) Education and Training
Understanding the causes of accidents as well as educating on accident prevention are key strategies in urban health and urban design for safe cities.