Urban Governance, Multisectoral Action, and Civic Engagement for Population Health, Wellbeing, and Equity in Urban Settings: A Systematic Review.

Mesa-Vieira, Cristina; Gonzalez-Jaramillo, Nathalia; Díaz-Ríos, Catalina; Pano, Octavio; Meyer, Sophie; Menassa, Marilyne; Minder, Beatrice; Lin, Vivian; Franco, Oscar H; Frahsa, Annika (2023). Urban Governance, Multisectoral Action, and Civic Engagement for Population Health, Wellbeing, and Equity in Urban Settings: A Systematic Review. International journal of public health, 68, p. 1605772. Frontiers 10.3389/ijph.2023.1605772

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Objectives: To identify the validated and reliable indicators and tools to assess good governance for population health, wellbeing, and equity in urban settings, and assess processes of multisectoral action and civic engagement as reported by peer-reviewed articles. Methods: We conducted a systematic review searching six databases for observational studies reporting strategies of either urban health, multisectoral action or civic engagement for wellbeing, health, or equity. Results: Out of 8,154 studies initially identified we included 17. From the included studies, 14 presented information about high-income countries. The general population was the main target in most studies. Multisectoral action was the most frequently reported strategy (14 studies). Three studies used Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART). Health indicators were the most frequently represented (6 studies). Barriers and facilitators for the implementation of participatory health governance strategies were reported in 12 studies. Conclusion: Data on the implementation of participatory health governance strategies has been mainly reported in high-income countries. Updated and reliable data, measured repeatedly, is needed to closely monitor these processes and further develop indicators to assess their impact on population health, wellbeing, and equity.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

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Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS)

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Mesa Vieira, Cristina, Gonzalez Jaramillo, Nathalia, Diaz Rios, Catalina, Pano Espinola, Octavio, Meyer, Sophie, Menassa, Marilyne, Minder, Beatrice, Franco Duran, Oscar Horacio, Frahsa, Annika


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 020 Library & information sciences






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18 Sep 2023 17:00

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22 Sep 2023 17:39

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

civic engagement equity multisectoral action participatory health governance wellbeing





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