Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Center of Urban and Health Sustainability
Director / Head:
Collegue of Urban and Public Affairs
Portland State University
506 S.W. Mill St.
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- Translational research will provide a bridge between academic research on sustainability, transportation, urban policy, planning and population health and practice. The Center's translational research agenda will provide useful, practical information designed to assist local governments to build sustainable cities that contribute to clean air, road safety and security; and also promote walking friendly environments, recreation opportunities and more cohesive communities.
- Support and participate in regional and subregional networks on physical activities, diet and health. The Center Director will continue to collaborate in the Physical Activity Network of the Americas (RAFA/PANA) and will collaborate with PAHO/WHO in seeking new opportunities for promoting the Global Strategy on Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) as well as the PAHO/WHO regional strategy on an integrated approach to the prevention and control of chronic diseases.
- Disseminate the key lessons of the Portland Regional Sustainable Development Story. Study the relevance and replicability of US Urban planning experience in the caribbean and Latin American contexts. The University has published and continues to research lessons learned from the Portland experience and is committed to work with PAHO/WHO to assist decision makers with understanding the context and consequences of urban planning and multimodal transportation decisions, help explain the value of the Portland experience, and advance our understanding of how, why and when planning decisions can make a difference to population health.
- Promote and provide support, when feasible, to research in the areas of urban and transportation planning and public health with local institutions throughout the region, with special emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Capacity building through short term 'internships' for international researchers or policy makers interested in studying the Portland experience and utilizing the resources and expertise in the Unversity for project development at home.
- Injuries; violence & accident prevention
- Healthy Cities
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Training and education
- Development and application of appropriate technology
Ower: 6.1 - Advice and support provided to Member States to build their capacity for health promotion across all relevant programmes, and to establish effective multisectoral and multidisciplinary collaborations for promoting health and preventing or reducing major risk factors.
Ower: 6.5 - Evidence-based and ethical policies, strategies, recommendations, standards and guidelines developed and technical support provided to Member States with a high or increasing burden of disease or death associated with unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, enabling them to strengthen institutions in order to combat or prevent the public health problems concerned.
MORALES Sofia Leticia
DORA Carlos Francisco C.
+41 22 791 3541
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork