Thiago Hérick de Sá, Healthy urban environment technical officer; Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization
Dr. Thiago Hérick de Sá is a public health professional working on healthy urban environment and sustainable transport related issues at the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO headquarters. He currently leads WHO work on healthy urban planning, also serving as the responsible officer for the publication "Integrating Health in Urban and Territorial Planning: a sourcebook", jointly published with UN Habitat and launched in May 2020. One of his main areas of work includes the development of guidance and tools for identifying and addressing the health impacts of transport and land-use, with most recent work including the adaptation for global use of the Health and Economic Assessment tool for Walking and Cycling (HEAT).
Dr. de Sá is also closely involved in the development of WHO's Urban Health Research Agenda, with expected release by the end of 2021, and has been directly supporting the development and implementation of WHO’s Urban Health Initiative, a model process aimed at strengthening the health systems capacity in cities to support health, climate, and air quality benefits from urban policies, with ongoing pilot implementation in Africa and Asia.
Prior to these appointments, Dr. de Sá has worked as a researcher on urban health and environmental epidemiology, with a track record of publications in several academic journals. Dr. de Sa holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in public health from the University of São Paulo, Brazil and has contributed as a visiting researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
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