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Speaker: Michael Brauer, HSPH NIEHS Center Colloquium Speaker Series
April 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michael Brauer, ScD
Professor, Faculty of Medicine,
School of Population and Public Health
The University of British Columbia
“Health and the Built Environment: Looking to the Future”
Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia and an Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. His research focuses on built environment and human health linkages, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on numerous advisory committees at the international, national and local levels. His work has been recognized by a number of career achievement and publication awards.
Just over 50% of the global population is urbanized, with cities expected to absorb all future population growth. In general, urban populations are healthier, with improved access to services and healthcare. Densely populated cities also play a key role in efforts to reduce emissions related to global warming. Yet, cities face significant challenges, especially those in the rapidly developing megacities of low and middle-income countries. Urban design and management and the ways that we interact with this “built environment” can profoundly influence health. Air pollution, noise, mobility options and land-use, among others, play a role and interact in multiple, complex ways. Understanding these interactions and using this knowledge to shape our cities as they grow has the potential improve population health and build resilience to climate change. In this presentation, Dr. Brauer will review a number of analyses using cohorts and linked administrative data combined with geospatial estimates of environmental exposure to examine built environment-health linkages, describe emerging trends, and discuss implications for population health.