Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 215–221 | Cite as

Medicine for the City: Perspective and Solidarity as Tools for Making Urban Health

  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove
  • Michel Cantal-Dupart
Symposium: Structural Competency


The United States has pursued policies of urban upheaval that have undermined social organization, dispersed people, particularly African Americans, and increased rates of disease and disorder. Healthcare institutions have been, and can be, a part of this problem or a part of the solution. This essay addresses two tools that healthcare providers can use to repair the urban ecosystem—perspective and solidarity. Perspective addresses both our ability to envision solutions and our ability to see in the space in which we move. Solidarity is our ability to appreciate our fellowship with other people, a mindset that is at the heart of medical practice. These two tools lay the foundation for structurally competent healthcare providers to act in a restorative manner to create a health-giving built environment.


Urbanism Urban design Public health Neighbourhoods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove
    • 1
  • Michel Cantal-Dupart
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Atelier Cantal-DupartParisFrance

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