Past Event

Michael Nutter - Cities Matter: The Role of Cities in Promoting Health

December 5, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
International Affairs Building (Room 1501), 420 West 118th Street New York

Keynote SpeakerMichael Nutter, Former Mayor of Philadelphia


Moderator: Jane Waldfogel, School of Social Work.

At a time when worsening maternal mortality rates in the United States are making the news - women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world, and black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy or delivery complications—a group of Columbia University experts will convene to discuss measures that can be taken at the city level to improve urban health and reduce gaps in health between less and more advantaged groups. Maternal health is just one measure that shows glaring health disparities; others include infant mortality, life expectancy, percent low birthweight, crime-related mortality, injury mortality, and cancer mortality.

Cities Matter: The Role of Cities in Supporting Health (#CitiesMatter) kicks off with a keynote address by former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter on his experience with city-level efforts to improve health and reduce health disparities, followed by a panel discussion among Columbia University professors from across disciplines on what cities can and should do to improve population health and reduce disparities.

To register for the in-person event, please visit the EventBrite. There will also be a livestream; register online.

This event is hosted by the Columbia Population Research Center of the School of Social Work in partnership with the School of International Affairs (SIPA).