Leveling the playing field for health in cities.

Health disparities in vulnerable populations—dramatic inequities in health, longevity, and well-being—are of particular concern to the Academy. While urban environments have many positive effects, they can also contribute to these inequalities through the physical, economic, and social characteristics of neighborhoods. Health disparities may also disproportionally impact certain racial, ethnic, social and income groups, as well as other vulnerable populations.

Understanding and intervening to address the root causes of health disparities guides our work across a range of research, policy, practice, and community-based initiatives in New York City and cities around the world.

Our work provides evidence to decision makers to help them address many of the key issues related to disparities, such as access to healthy foods, safe spaces to exercise, and quality health care, as well as important health disparities in immigrant health, maternal mortality, and health problems related to drug policy and the criminal justice system.