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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
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
Sarah Greer
Communications Manager
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
Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Urban Health & Co-Director
Kari Moore, MS
Research and Data Co-Lead
Sam Rivera
leader of West Philly Promise Neighborhood’s indicators work


April 2020
CI:NOW reframed the gloomy conversation around the COVID-19 outbreak to a message of thanks to the community members who are sheltering at home to protect their families and neighbors. Their... [read more]
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]


April 6, 2020
Blog post - By: West Philly Promise Neighborhood Team

Urban Health Collaborative

March 9, 2020
Report - By: Camille H. Anoll

Urban Institute, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Institute for Urban Policy Research, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Center for Economic Information, DataHaven, Urban Health Collaborative, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Read the Brief
January 30, 2020
Journal Article - By: Jana Hirsch

Urban Health Collaborative

Link, Interactive App
October 24, 2019
Presentation - By: Amy Confair

Urban Health Collaborative


Partner Webinars

January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

NNIP HQ will start with a quick update on network... [read more]

Presenters Jana Hirsch, Urban Health Collaborative, Erik Woodworth, Neighborhood Nexus, Mariko Toyoji and Sara Jaye Sanford, Public Health - Seattle &, King County, Rob Pitingolo, NNIP Coordinator
October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

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