21 June-2 July 2021

Pre-conference workshops are virtual, interactive sessions that bring together groups of urban health researchers and practitioners with the aim of advancing work on a specific project, identifying new partners or collaborators, or providing a training experience.

These workshops will have a maximum duration of two hours and will be hosted via Zoom throughout the two weeks before the International Conference on Urban Health.

Pre-conference workshops are open to anyone, though only ICUH conference registrants will have access to workshop recordings. Free pre-registration is required at the links listed below.

WORKSHOP 1: Synthesizing Investment Opportunities for Strengthening Urban Health Systems
Wednesday June 23 2021, 8:00-9:30 EDT

WORKSHOP 2: Preparing Students for Climate Change and Health
Thursday June 24 2021, 11:00-12:00 EDT

WORKSHOP 3: Introduction to analysis of air pollution and health impacts in cities: The WHO AirQ+ tool
Monday 28 June 2021, 8:30-10:30 EDT / 14:30-16:30 CEST

WORKSHOP 4:  Planning healthy neighborhoods for children—examples from Bogotá and Lima
Thursday 1 July 2021, 12:00 - 13:30 EDT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

WORKSHOP 5: Cities & Health Special Issue Workshop – “Latin America and the Caribbean: Urban form and health”
Friday July 2 2021, 9:00-11:00 am EDT/ 15:00-17:00 CEST

WORKSHOP 6: ISUH Community Based Solutions Workinig Group Pre-Conference Workshop
Wednesday June  30 2021, 10:00 am-12:00 pm EDT/16:00-18:00 CEST

WORKSHOP 7: Integrating health in urban and territorial planning: an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach towards healthier environments
Thursday July 1 2021, 9:00-11:00 am EDT/15:00-17:00 CEST


WORKSHOP 1: Synthesizing Investment Opportunities for Strengthening Urban Health Systems

Workshop organizer: Building Healthy Cities - An initiative of USAID

Date and time: Wednesday June 23 2021, 8:00-9:30 EDT

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The Building Healthy Cities (BHC) technical consultation series seeks to:

  • Facilitate global information sharing on latest research and best evidence on assessing and improving urban health systems.
  • Synthesize technical assistance/guidance for methodologies to apply systems lens to LMIC urban contexts, including documentation of shortcomings and calls for any needed improvements.
  • Discuss guidelines and tools for governments, donors/private sector, and researchers responsible for taking research findings forward into practical planning, budgeting and implementation of systems strengthening. This will be with an eye toward making investments for urban health most effective.

In this first meeting, BHC will lead interested participants through a discussion to help refine the scope of this series. During the 90-minute workshop, moderators and participants will:

  • Discuss and agree on final objectives and logistics of the consultation series.
  • Define topic areas for global synthesis of systems methodologies for strengthening urban health.
  • Edit/expand participants list to ensure a diverse range of regional, national and stakeholder group input.
  • Agree on virtual sharing platforms/expectations for sharing of literature.

Workshop agenda:

  • 8:00-8:10am Introduction of participants in comments, Verbal introduction of workshop (Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Project Director, BHC)
  • 8:10-8:15am Overview of impetus for consultation series (Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Project Director, BHC)
  • 8:15-8:30am USAID perspective on strengthening urban systems and key gaps in current knowledge (Tjip Walker, Senior Policy Analyst, USAID)
  • 8:30-8:40am Review of key questions, Q&A for overall clarifications (Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Project Director, BHC)
  • 8:40-9:00am Breakout groups with facilitated discussion 1. Refining Group Objectives (Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Project Director, BHC ) 2. Defining Areas in Need of Global Synthesis (Tjip Walker, Senior Policy Analyst, USAID) 3. Strengthening Participants List (Damodar Bachani, Deputy Director, BHC) 4. Brainstorming Knowledge Sharing platforms/opportunities (Bailey Goldman, BHC consultant, Engaging Inquiry)
  • 9:00-9:20am Report out on group work 4 group rapporteurs
  • 9:20-9:30am Closeout remarks and next steps Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Project Director, BHC


WORKSHOP 2: Preparing Students for Climate Change and Health

Workshop organizer: FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

Date and time: Thursday June 24 2021, 11:00-12:00 EDT

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This panel will feature the innovative process taken by the FXB Climate Advocates program to facilitate access to knowledge, resources, and networks for youth climate activists. The FXB Climate Advocates partnered with Master of Public Health student Adrienne Dean from the NYU Urban Health Lab to develop an urban health climate change curriculum. The project guided the students in understanding the impact of climate change on the health of their communities and identifying viable community advocacy initiatives.

Workshop agenda:

  • Introduction of Project - FXB USA
  • How to assess and compile educational resources-Adrienne Dean
  • Guiding student literature reviews-Adrienne Dean
  • Creating and implementing a research project with student interventions-Adrienne Dean
  • Student presentations

Facilitators and presenters:

  • Adrienne Dean, MPH candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Karina Weinstein, Program Strategy & Innovation Director, FXB USA
  • Annika Johnson, Lexington High School - Massachusetts
  • Jack Feinberg, Riverdale School - New York


WORKSHOP 3: Introduction to analysis of air pollution and health impacts in cities: The WHO AirQ+ tool

Workshop organizers:  Pier Mudu and Abraham Mwaura, World Health Organization

Date and time: Monday 28 June 2021, 8:30-10:30 EDT / 14:30-16:30 CEST

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Impact assessment of air pollution in cities through building scenarios is an important aspect for public health or environmental specialists, planners and epidemiologists. The workshop introduces briefly participants to the use of current knowledge about air pollution and health, as well as the principles of assessing and quantifying the impact of air pollution on urban population health. It will involve a practical application of AirQ+, a user-friendly software, developed by WHO in 2016, and available for download. This pre-conference workshop is also of interest for those addressing climate change and urban design, and urban health inequities because of the serious consequences of higher exposure suffered by poorer people compared to the rest of the population. The assessment of the health impacts of air pollution is fundamental in implementing interventions and monitoring their impacts.

The main contents of this workshop include the basic facts and methods that will introduce participants to the general principles of health impact assessment (HIA) and air pollution, to support the understanding of modelling air pollution health effects, and to using tools to assess impacts of air pollution, specifically the AirQ+ developed by the World Health Organization. The workshop will offer the possibility to introduce the evolution of the knowledge about air pollution impacts on urban health, as well as it will involve a practical application of AirQ+, and conclude with discussing policy and communication aspects at urban level. Among the main questions that will be brought up it is important to anticipate few of them: Which data do I need to run an HIA of air pollution in a city? How do we model the exposure of populations living in different areas of a city? What do we do in case of lack of air pollution data? Which health data are relevant to consider? Do we have to measure short or long-term impacts? Which scenarios should we build in a city to reduce air pollution? What do we need to report from an air pollution HIA to different stake-holders such as the mayor of the city or the press? What are the new developments relevant to know for the next future that will affect the modelling of air pollution HIA? Which tools exist to evaluate policy scenarios that involve changes in air pollution levels?

Workshop agenda:

  • Introduction and aims of the workshop (10 minutes)
  • Air pollutants selection, exposure and health impact assessment of air pollution (30 minutes)
    • Q&A (10 minutes)
  • Quantifying the impacts of PM on health: short-term and long-term impacts (30 minutes)
    • Q&A (10 minutes)
  • Exercise (10 minutes)
  • Discussion and conclusion (20 minutes)

Who should attend: The workshop is recommended to public health or environmental specialists, urban planners and researchers with minimum knowledge of atmospheric modelling, statistical methods, epidemiology or GIS. Participants are invited to install AirQ+ on their computer prior to the workshop.


WORKSHOP 4:  Planning healthy neighborhoods for children—examples from Bogotá and Lima

Workshop organizers: Urban95 Bogotá and Lima95

Date and time: Thursday 1 July 2021, 12:00 - 13:30 EDT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

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Urban95 Bogotá and Lima95 are aimed at creating neighborhoods and public spaces that promote a healthier, safer, more liveable, and active urban environment through tactical interventions and the installation of permanent green infrastructure, designed exclusively for children aged 0-5, and their caregivers, in some of the most vulnerable urban environments.

The cities of Bogotá and Lima take a participatory approach, including children, their caregivers, teachers, and other community stakeholders in solving unique local challenges such as pedestrian and road safety, a lack of recreational areas, public and greenspaces, an absence of childcare, below average early childhood development rates, and virtually nonexistent engagement between government and civil society.

This workshop will present results, lessons and implementation details for the Urban95 Bogotá and Lima95 projects. Specifically, presentation will focus on outcomes of the participatory planning stages; the engagement of children and families in planning healthier, more livable environments; the role of advocacy and lobbying; the role of tactical urbanism; community maintenance to achieve green infrastructure sustainability; policies to make the initiatives scalable and sustainable; main results in terms of social cohesion and green infrastructure for children; and current neighborhood conditions. Following these case study presentations, questions from the audience will guide an open discussion about opportunities for scaling and implementation in other cities.

Workshop objectives:

  • Inspire urban practitioners to carry out similar activities in their cities
  • Discuss the main findings, success factors and lessons learned after implementation
  • Present outcomes highlighting the benefits for public health, such as pollution reduction, violence crime reductions, road safety, and improvements in social cohesion and mental health outcomes.

Who should attend: Urban Practitioners; Urban Planners; Sustainable Cities practitioners; Urban Health practitioners; Care Services Officers, City Officials working on issues related with building cities for people; Public Space recovery and sustainability.


WORKSHOP 5: Cities & Health Special Issue Workshop – “Latin America and the Caribbean: Urban form and health”

Workshop organizer: Cities & Health Journal

Date and time: Friday July 2 2021, 9:00-11:00 am EDT/ 15:00-17:00 CEST

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Cities & Health will be opening a call and seeking contributions for a special issue ‘Latin America and the Caribbean: Urban form and health’. Attendees at this online participatory event will be able to hear more about the call, and importantly be involved in further development of the themes. The journal has been established to support human and planetary health by sharing the international research, policy and practice for urban health and health equity. Together with our special issue partners and guest editors we want this pre-conference workshop to provide practitioners, researchers and communities with a platform to discuss problems and shape solutions for Latin America and the Caribbean towns and cities from a spatial planning, urban design and physical city governance perspective.

Attendees will have access before-hand and during the workshop to the draft text of the call.

Workshop agenda:

  • Introductions, goal setting, and Q&A.
  • Discussion of proposed themes - Each of these will be expanded upon by a member of the panel, and participants will be asked to comment and suggest a potential fifth or six theme:
    • Issues for small island states in the region
    • Development patterns and demographic change
    • Local success stories - bringing attention to health as a priority for governance and driving positive change
    • Latin America and the Caribbean urban health research
  • Discussion/theme-based break-out groups
  • Feedback and next steps

Workshop facilitator: Marcus Grant.

Panel members will be selected from the special issue editorial team (TBC): Olga Sarmiento, Waleska Caiaffa,  Carlos Dora, Giselle Sebag, Paulo Saldiva, Jorge Pereira, Anthony Clayton and possibly our special advisors Ana Diez Roux and PAHO representative.


WORKSHOP 6: ISUH Community Based Solutions Workinig Group Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop organizer: ISUH Community Based Solutions Working Group/Eminence Associates Bangladesh

Date and time: Wednesday June  30 2021, 10:00 am-12:00 pm EDT/16:00-18:00 CEST

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The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is the only global non-governmental organization solely focused on advancing urban health and health equity by addressing the broader determinants of health ( Members of the ISUH have the opportunity to join Working Groups (WG) in areas of special interest. One of these is the Community Based Solutions WG chaired by Dr Shamim Talukder, CEO of Eminence Associates for Social Development, Bangladesh.

First convened at ICUH14 in Coimbra, Portugal, and through highly interactive meetings among committed stakeholders at subsequent ISUH Conferences and side events, the WG members shared best practices for CBOs and the challenges and opportunities for fundraising and more direct donor funding of community based interventions in urban health and health equity.

In its last meeting, it was agreed that ISUH might serve as an effective platform for creating and supporting a global network of CBOs and stakeholders in community based work in cities.

Workshop objective:

  • To hear from global leaders about their perspectives on the role of community based organizations and community involved solutions to urban health problems
  • To share best solutions on community based urban health interventions
  • To create a global learning and information sharing network on community best practice to be affiliated with the ISUH

Workshop agenda (2 hours):

  • Welcome and Participant Introductions -Jo Boufford, Chair of the Board, ISUH (15 min)
  • Review Background and High Level Goals for Community Based Solutions Working Group - Shamim Talukder (10 min)
  • Global Panel Discussion- Shamim Talukder, Moderator (60 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A
  1. Participant Knowledge Exchange and Priority Setting (45 min)

Through the use of breakout rooms and plenary sessions, participants will identify priority topics for the Working Group and how best to advance community leadership in urban health research, practice and policy.

Who should attend: Leaders of community based non-profit organizations, academic experts, funders, policymakers and practitioners committed to advancing urban health through community based action

Workshop facilitator: Shamim Talukder


  • Dr. David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD
  • Dr. Manuel Carballo, Executive Director, ICMHD-International Center for Migration, Health and Development
  • Dr. Riad Mahmud , Policy and Technical Advisor, OPHNE/USAID, Bangladesh 
  • Dr. Margub Aref Jahangir, Health Officer (Urban), Health Section, UNICEF Bangladesh
  • Dr. Sawsan AlMahdi, Director General, Friends of Cancer Patients Charity, UAE


WORKSHOP 7: Integrating health in urban and territorial planning: an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach towards healthier environments

Workshop organizers:  UN-Habitat, ISOCARP, METROPOLIS AND UCLG

Date and time: Thursday July 1 2021, 9:00-11:00 am EDT/15:00-17:00 CEST

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This workshop will draw upon the Sourcebook recently produced by UN-Habitat and the World Health Organization: “Integrating health in urban and territorial planning” as a framework and will incorporate training materials from the upcoming training modules. Specifically, the workshop will consist of interactive, virtual exercises covering one of the Sourcebook modules, and will be implemented with a regional focus on data and urban trends in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The overall objective of the workshop will be to illustrate the main elements and necessary actors for achieving the integration of health in urban and territorial planning. Participants will have an opportunity to interact, learn from each other, and apply the lessons learned to their cities. Moreover, the workshop will provide an opportunity to link the Sourcebook, training manual, and the UN-Habitat Report on Cities and Pandemics with the WHO Manifesto for a Healthy Recovery from COVID-19, with particular focus on “Building healthy, liveable cities,” the fifth “Prescription for a healthy, green recovery.”

This 2-hour workshop will be divided into three parts:

  • Presentation of the Sourcebook and workshop methodology, with insights from key partners
  • Interactive group exercises and discussion 
  • Open discussion to share learning, ideas, and explore ways to further engage in future activities, including training of trainers

Who should attend: This workshop welcomes everyone involved in urban development and planning. Whether urban planners, urban developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, researchers from the public health or planning sector or local community activists, the workshop aims to inform and inspire all of them, while also providing practical information on how to take action.


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Conference Hosts
  • ISUH
  • PAHO
  • salurbal
  • Novartis Foundation
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Botnar