Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 95, Issue 4, pp 607–608 | Cite as

Geography and Urban Health


This year’s 15th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH 2018) expands on the theme of urban health geography, with a focus this year on “managing urbanization for health: a priority for all nations.”

The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) embraces the understanding that climate change, widespread informal settlements, and long-term health effects of the built environment have a compounding effect on developing economies across all nations. However, a critical challenge remains as health leaders attempt to effectively manage the process of urbanization to prevent disease and improve health outcomes. The ICUH 2018 agenda set forth by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA) will encourage urban health leaders across the world to focus on the challenges and opportunities in urban areas.

Implementing SDGs and NUA agendas in urban areas requires involvement at an individual, local, and national level. At ICUH 2018, practitioners, academics,...

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