Recap from “Urban Sustainability and Population Health: Turning Data into Insights” Meeting

On Friday, November 26, the GeoSDH Group was very pleased to host approximately 40 professors, students, and academic staff for “Urban Sustainability and Population Health: Turning Data into Insights”. The meeting brought people together from several disciplinesincluding epidemiology, computer science, geography, human kinetics, sociologyand five Canadian universities to discuss how to use data better for neighbourhood environmental research. The topic complemented ongoing research at McGill and in Canada on urban sustainability and machine learning. The meeting centred on three themes:

  1. Social support in sustainable neighbourhoods: Healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods imply a social sustainability – they are welcoming to newcomers, provide housing options that are affordable to families across the life cycle, and provide healthy food options locally
  2. Structural support in sustainable neighbourhoods: Healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods have structural features that support active living and low-carbon mobility, green space that can act as a carbon sink and provide cooling in warmer seasons, and offer air quality measures that never exceed WHO standards
  3. Turning data into insights for population health: Healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods have structural features that support active living and low-carbon mobility, green space that can act as a carbon sink and provide cooling in warmer seasons, and offer air quality measures that never exceed WHO standards

We have highlighted some key takeaways for each theme on Twitter (see links for each theme above). To see the full agenda: click here.

Many thanks once again to all who attended and to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research for making the day possible!