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Consumer Health Coalition is facilitating a cross-sector, international project connecting organizations and leading professionals from Pittsburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. The project brings the two cities together to address ways of fusing health equity and resilience to support a culture of health in Pittsburgh.
The goal of this project is to learn from Glasgow’s experience with multidisciplinary collaboration connecting resiliency and health to build sustainable, equitable communities.
Two Cities Working For Health Equity
Pittsburgh and Glasgow are uniquely linked in that both have experienced de-industrialization, population loss, land contamination and limited opportunities for employment and health. The project focuses on four emergent themes which include: place-making and health, the future of work, the links between universities and community, and innovations in health care.
The partnership between Pittsburgh and Glasgow is focusing on innovative ways to address health inequity in the work toward resilience. Key partners in this project include Visible Hands, the Allegheny County Health Department, Resilient Pittsburgh, Resilient Glasgow and representatives from the Glasgow Center for Population Health. This project is made possible thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Glasgow’s Multidisciplinary Innovation
Through the innovative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Glasgow City Council, Glasgow has pioneered an approach to health equity and resiliency in a post-industrial landscape. We’re building on that initiative. Continuously improving the health and well-being of residents is a priority area of Pittsburgh’s resilience strategy. We aim to prioritize health equity best practices in “resilient thinking” to improve Pittsburgh’s culture of health. This kind of exchange between cities like Glasgow and Pittsburgh, given their similarities and unique approaches, is a smart way of advancing each other’s goals.
The project includes informal exchanges between the partners as well as visits by partners to both cities. The project will culminate with a presentation in Pittsburgh, seeking commitments to action around policies and interventions for improved health equity outcomes.
This collaboration creates a unique opportunity that aims to:
• Develop a framework for international learning between Glasgow and Pittsburgh.
• Foster consumer-led health equity work in Pittsburgh.
• Embed health equity as a priority in Pittsburgh’s resilience strategy.
• Create a narrative of the project and share best practices for combining health equity and city resilience.