Community Work: Projects driven by partnerships with community leaders and organizations to strengthen existing work and develop new areas of impact to positively and sustainably affect change to improve urban health.
Education: This area encompasses courses at colleges and universities in which students collaborate with community partners to enrich their academic engagement with urban health issues while contributing meaningfully to a partners’ important work. Additionally, UHI trains future health professionals. As future healthcare and service providers, medical, nursing, PA, public health, and theology students will play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. UHI contributes to ensuring holistic health education through trainings on advocacy, social determinants of health, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and effective work in underserved communities.
Research: With strong ties to academic institutions whose research seeks to address health disparities, UHI supports community-driven and community-focused research on urban health challenges and solutions.
UHI projects often cross several if not all of the three focus areas above. All projects are rooted in the following common elements:
- Engagement with social determinants of health
- Desire to work in equal partnership with UHI and other partners
- Addressing issues relating to ongoing health circumstances, access to health services, and/or strengthening community resources
Maternal and child health
Childhood and adult obesity and related conditions
Mental Health as it impacts the three other primary areas of engagement