Slum Health


Slum Health organized by George Scharffenberger (College of Natural Resources) and Lee Riley (School of Public Health).  Health status in the world’s burgeoning urban slums, home to over 1 billion people, is the product of myriad and complex factors—social, economic, and political—in addition to the obvious factors of poverty, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, and over-crowding.  The search for solutions to the problem of health in slums therefore requires not only better data on the spectrum and burden of disease morbidity but also an integrative understanding of its determining factors, matched by creative multidisciplinary insights, tools, and methodologies in the design of interventions.  In April 2012, National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the Slum Health colloquium $20 million over five years to train future global health researchers.