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date: 26 February 2024

Urban Health and Disaster Resiliencelocked

Urban Health and Disaster Resiliencelocked

  • David Sanderson, David SandersonArchitecture, University of New South Wales
  • Ronak PatelRonak PatelHarvard Humanitarian Initiative, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University
  •  and Kelsey GleasonKelsey GleasonUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine


As cities and towns across the world continue to grow to accommodate most of the world’s population increase, so too are they increasingly and often disproportionately exposed to the threat of natural hazards—including those worsened by climate change—such as floods, earthquakes, windstorms, and fires. Efforts that aim to enhance and safeguard urban health are those that seek to build the resilience of people and systems before, during, and after disasters. Yet where these efforts fail or fail to exist, components of vulnerability and urban diversity inform disaster risk. Taking a systems approach is especially essential to recognize the interconnected, complex, and dynamic issues that include and impact on the spectrum of urban health.


  • Disaster Preparation and Response
  • Global Health
  • Health Services Administration/Management
  • Public Health Policy and Governance

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