Innovating for Healthy Urbanization

  • Roy Ahn
  • Thomas F. Burke
  • Anita M. McGahan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Innovations to Address Specific Populations and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Melody Eckardt, Hannah L. Harp, Roy Ahn, Genevieve Purcell, Emily de Redon, Rosemary Hines et al.
      Pages 3-18
    3. Brett D. Nelson, Lisa B. Collins, Edward W. J. Pritchard
      Pages 19-40
    4. Laura A. Rowe, David M. Dodson
      Pages 41-76
  3. Innovations to Address Specific Urbanization-Related Threats to Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Roy Ahn, Genevieve Purcell, Anita M. McGahan, Hanni Stoklosa, Thomas F. Burke, Kathryn Conn et al.
      Pages 79-96
    3. Horacio R. Trujillo, Elena Siegel, Malcolm Clayton, Gabe Shapiro, David Elam
      Pages 97-122
    4. Charles M. Salter, Roy Ahn, Faiza Yasin, Rosemary Hines, Laurence Kornfield, Ethan C. Salter et al.
      Pages 165-192
    5. Vijay Lulla, Austin Stanforth, Natasha Prudent, Daniel Johnson, George Luber
      Pages 193-208
  4. Frameworks, Cases and Tools to Address Urbanization and Health Through Innovation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 321-333

About this book


This powerful resource identifies wide-scale health challenges facing a rapidly urbanizing planet--including key concerns in nutrition, health status, health care, and safety--and strategies toward possible solutions. Theoretical and empirical analysis focuses on maximizing the benefits of urban living and minimizing negative outcomes across areas for improvement (health education, maternal and child health) and threats to well-being (noise pollution, drug counterfeiting). For each challenge, contributors discuss implications for health, specific practices that fuel them, and emerging ideas for solving them efficiently and effectively. Not only are these issues of immediate salience, they will become dangerously urgent in years to come.

 Included in the coverage:

  • Food fortification and other innovations to address child malnutrition.
  • Anti-trafficking innovations, urbanization, and global health.
  • Innovations to address global climate change in cities.
  • Innovations in disaster preparedness: implications for urbanization and health.
  • Medical diagnostic innovations in urban developing settings.
  • The case for comprehensive, integrated, and standardized measures of health in cities.

 Recent studies suggest that urban areas will be a large majority in both the developing and developed worlds. Innovating for Healthy Urbanization is a proactive idea book to be read by undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in public and urban health.



China Developing countries Ecohealth Global health Haiti Kenya NGOs Natural disaster Obesity Poverty Urban health Urban planning Urbanization

Editors and affiliations

  • Roy Ahn
    • 1
  • Thomas F. Burke
    • 2
  • Anita M. McGahan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.University of Toronto Rotman School of ManagementTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7596-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7597-3
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