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World population estimates project that over half the world’s population currently lives in cities; this proportion is expected to rise to 60 percent over the next two decades. NYAM is committed to advancing global urban health and sharing lessons learned through our New York City and national initiatives. We serve as technical advisors to international organizations and cities around the world in the areas of urban health and Age-friendly Cities.
The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) was founded by NYAM's Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies as a forum to encourage global collaboration among researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in the health effects of urban environments and urbanization. NYAM serves as the society's Secretariat. More information is available at the ISUH website.
The ISUH organizes the annual International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), which brings together government officials, city planners, researchers, policy experts, and civil society leaders from around the world to address global urban health issues. NYAM hosted ICUH 2010, which focused on good governance for healthy cities, with special interest in the positive consequences of urban health interventions. ICUH 2009 was held in Nairobi, Kenya and focused on health issues in the global South and what it takes for a city to transform informal settlements and slums into a healthy urban center.
As a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Aging, Globalization and Urbanization, NYAM provides the WHO and its partners with technical assistance and helps to implement WHO programs throughout the world, with a focus on creating age-friendly cities. NYAM has also served on the advisory group of the WHO Kobe Centre in Japan that guided the development of the 2010 Global Urban Health Report and as expert advisors to regional WHO offices in the Americas, Europe, and Western Pacific regions. Additionally, NYAM is a collaborating center with the International Centre for Policies on Ageing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
NYAM President Jo Ivey Boufford and Dr. Francis Omaswa of Uganda completed a year-long Rockefeller Foundation-funded study of the needs and challenges of ministers of health around the world as they seek to strengthen health systems to improve the health of their people. The report, Strong Ministries for Strong Health Systems, was launched at the 2010 World Health Assembly in Geneva to excellent response. The results will be the basis for a continuing project to implement the recommendations of the report.
Dr. Boufford also serves as Foreign Secretary for the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies. In that role, she is participating in a Gates Foundation-funded project to strengthen African Academies of Science and serves on the Executive Committee of the global organization of medical academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP).
NYAM is proud to be a participant in the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a high-profile initiative that aims to promote and facilitate innovation in the delivery of health care around the globe.
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In February, NYAM’s G.I.R.L.S (Getting into Real Life Science) and Health Professions program held a health education and career seminar on global health, with a spotlight on Ghana, Africa.
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