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Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?

Patrick, Rebecca, Noy, Sue and Henderson-Wilson, Claire 2016, Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?, International journal of health promotion and education, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 34-49, doi: 10.1080/14635240.2015.1057653.

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Title Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?
Author(s) Patrick, Rebecca
Noy, Sue
Henderson-Wilson, Claire
Journal name International journal of health promotion and education
Volume number 54
Issue number 1
Start page 34
End page 49
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1463-5240
2164-9545
Keyword(s) climate change
equity
resilience
socio-ecological
urban
Summary We live in a world that is constantly changing and is challenging established approaches to managing human and ecological health. Two key drivers of change are urbanisation and global climate change. This commentary is concerned with the interrelationship of these drivers with human and ecological health, proposing that health promotion practitioners need to actively seek a new role in the process of creating urban environments that support social and ecological well-being. It provides practitioners with an up-to-date synthesis of climate change science and future projections, the literature around the health impacts of climate change and potential health challenges to urban communities. We argue that health promotion cannot respond to the challenges created by climate change and urbanisation, nor can it meet its own mandate without shifting from an anthropogenic-focussed approach toward embracing a multi-scale, collaborative approach outside the health sector. We suggest that the underlying principles of health promotion, which include equity and community engagement at all scales, are critical to the evolution of thriving urban environments. Food security is given as an example to demonstrate the proposed shift away from an anthropogenic and urban focus toward a socio-ecological approach (i.e. resilience thinking) that provides a framework for collaboration between sectors working with unpredictable global systems. In so doing, the commentary provides practitioners with guidance on the complex science of climate change and its impact on health in urban settings, as well as highlighting the skills that they can bring to creating resilient urban settlements in these times of change.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14635240.2015.1057653
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Institute of Health Promotion and Education
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