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Drexel: Wellcome Trust Grant Funds New SALURBAL Ancillary Study

The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), through its Urban Health Collaborative (UHC), is excited to announce a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley on a study called “Green spaces, air pollution, and climate-related heat mortality in Latin American cities.” This study will use data gathered by Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) project and extend its research to further the understanding of how urban environments may influence health in the context of climate change. This study was among one of four recipients of the 2019 Wellcome Trust Climate Change and Health Awards.

The impacts of extreme heat events will increase with climate change and a rising urban population. Using an urban resident mortality database for nine Latin American countries, this project will convene an interdisciplinary research team to examine: a) the impacts of rising temperatures (and increases in the magnitude, duration, and frequency of extreme heat events) on urban mortality; and, b) the modifying effect of greenspace and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on the association between heat events and mortality.

The project will then use the results of the research to model the future impact of climate change on urban mortality under various climate change scenarios. The objective is to “provide evidence of health impacts of a climate adaption and mitigation strategy in the face of future heatwaves and outline opportunities for pro-active involvement.” To understand this impact, it will be conducted in two time periods: baseline (2001-2010) and midcentury (2051-2055).

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