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Health • Climate • Cities

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Health • Climate • Cities

We know the challenge: More people, living in cities, facing more extreme weather, from droughts to floods to heat waves.

Led by climate and health pioneer Jonathan Patz, the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison champions practical solutions for well-being today and tomorrow.

  • Advancing healthy, sustainable urban transportation with the Health-Oriented Transportation initiative
  • Bringing an army of students to work on Wisconsin city priorities with the  UniverCity Alliance, co-founded by GHI
  • Restoring bicycling to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
  • Bringing electricity to remote Indian villages
  • Connecting cities to the land in Guadalajara, Mexico

Together, UW-Madison and communities in Wisconsin and across the globe collaborate to show how healthy choices benefit all of us and the earth.


Health • Climate • Cities News

Global HealthNew study finds increased use of air conditioning might further degrade air quality, compound toll of air pollution on human healthGHI Director Jonathan Patz and Advisory Committee member Tracey Holloway are senior authors of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine report. Read more…

Global HealthUW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance names Gavin Luter as directorLuter most recently served as executive director of the Wisconsin Campus Compact, where he worked with universities and colleges to change institutional culture to support community-engaged policies and practices.Read more…

PLOS Collections: Climate Change and HealthJuly 11, 2018Innovative neighborhood map helps guide public health decision-makingJuly 5, 2018UniverCity Year program accepting proposals for new local government partnersJune 28, 2018The Wheeler Report: UniverCity director Gavin Luter discusses program’s accomplishments, partnership with MononaJune 28, 2018UniverCity Year program among eight projects receiving Baldwin grantJune 13, 2018More news »


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