About PHP Research

Our work is about measuring and intervening on the environmental and contextual determinants of health and health behavior. All of our projects aim to improve health equity by moving towards a world in which everyone lives in a healthy place. We conduct research in St. Louis, throughout the United States, in Latin America, and beyond.

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Spatial inequities are unjust, avoidable, and systematic differences in the geographic distribution of health-related resources, opportunities, burdens, and outcomes within or across communities caused and/or maintained by systemic biases in the planning, policy, and de facto use of space.

Conversely, spatial inequalities are the disparate or uneven geographic distributions of health-related opportunities, resources, burdens, or outcomes within or across a region or community.

From Favarão Leāo et al., Spatial Inequity of Transport and Urban Design Features in Health and Place Research: A Scoping Review (forthcoming)
PHP: Building Capacity and Evidence on the Health Impacts of Built and Social Environments – Feb. 8, 2023 webinar

PHP Unit Research Projects