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Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health

Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor & Policy and Community Engagement Co-Lead

The Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) is an interdisciplinary research, policy, community outreach, and training center at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH). The DSPH is an accredited school of public health that provides education, conducts research, and partners with communities and other organizations to improve the health of populations.

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative works to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health and health variation within cities, and by promoting urban policies and partnerships that promote health and reduce health inequalities.

The UHC is committed to:

  • generating information on the magnitude and causes of urban health problems that are useful to city residents, and policy makers (data for action), including comparative data across neighborhoods that can be used to motivate local action and healthy policies (place–based approaches);
  • identifying the interventions and policies best suited to improving health and eliminating health inequalities, including generating the evidence base for these actions and rigorously evaluating interventions and policies after they are implemented (evidence for policy);
  • engaging with communities, government, non profits, businesses, and other stakeholders in order to increase awareness of urban health issues and translate evidence into effective action (community and policy‐maker engagement).
Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor & Research and Data Co-Lead
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor & Policy and Community Engagement Co-Lead
Amy R. Confair, MPH
Outreach and Training Manager
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health & Director
Alex Ezeh, PHD
Professor of Global Health & Training Co-Lead
Jana Hirsch
Assistant Research Professor
Jennifer Kolker, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor & Policy and Community Engagement Co-Lead
Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor & Training Co-Lead
Katie Livengood, MPH
Urban Health Collaborative Assistant Director
Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Urban Health & Co-Director
Kari Moore, MS
Research and Data Co-Lead
Vaishnavi Vaidya
Project Coordinator


September 5, 2019
Today’s cities face many challenges, including climate change, rising inequality, and health disparities. Yet urban environments offer optimum opportunities for the development of innovative... [read more]
UHC recently began partnering with Philly Thrive and neighborhood residents on a participatory process to measure air pollution in South... [read more]
June 24, 2019
The Summer Institute offers interactive, hands-on courses offered as half-day classes over the course of one week or over a weekend at the Dornsife School of Public Health. These urban health... [read more]


October 24, 2019
Presentation - By: Amy Confair

Urban Health Collaborative

August 31, 2019
Report - By: Jana Hirsch, Leah Schinasi

Urban Health Collaborative

August 1, 2019
Report - By: Urban Health Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Urban Health Collaborative

Philadelphia Health Rankings
June 27, 2019
Blog post - By: Yvonne Michael, Jana Hirsch, Vaishnavi Vaidya

Urban Health Collaborative

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Partner Webinars

October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

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Presenters Peter Ciurczak, Boston, Geoff Smith, Chicago, Caroline Bhalla, LA, Amy Confair, Philadelphia