WHO – The Urban Health Index:A Handbook for its Calculation and Use

December 9, 2014 · 0 comments

The Urban Health Index:A Handbook for its Calculation and Use, 2014. Prepared for:World Health Organization Centre for Health Development Kobe, Japan

Authors: Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

The Urban Health Index (UHI) is a single metric that can be used to measure and map the disparities in health determinants and outcomes in urban areas. This Handbook is primarily intended for those who want to calculate the UHI for a particular geographic area of interest.What is the Urban Health Index?The UHI provides a flexible approach to selection, amalgamation, and presentation of health data. Its purpose is to furnish visual, graphical, and statistical insight into various health indicators and, health determinants within particular geographic boundaries and health disparities with a focus on capturing intra-urban health disparities. The UHI may be used by public health workers, evaluators, statisticians, program managers, academic researchers, and decision makers to examine the current status of urban areas, to assess change and the effect of program interventions, and to plan for urban improvements.

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