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Urban planning for healthy cities a review of the progress of the european healthy cities programme

Barton, Hugh; Grant, Marcus


Hugh Barton

Marcus Grant


The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the progress made by European cities in relation to Healthy Urban Planning (HUP) during Phase IV of the World Health Organization's Healthy Cities programme (2003-2008). The introduction sets out the general principle of HUP, identifying three levels or phases of health and planning integration. This leads on to a more specific analysis of the processes and substance of HUP, which provide criteria for assessment of progress. The assessment itself relies on two sources of data provided by the municipalities: the Annual Review Templates (ARTs) 2008 and the response to the Phase IV General Evaluation Questionnaire. The findings indicate that the evidence from different sources and questions in different sections are encouragingly consistent. The number of cities achieving a good level of understanding and activity inHUP has risen very substantially over the period. In particular, those achieving effective strategic integration of health and planning have increased. A key challenge for the future will be to develop planning frameworks which advance public health concerns in a spatial policy context driven often by market forces. A health in all policies approach could be valuable. © 2012 The New York Academy of Medicine.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Oct 1, 2013
Journal Journal of Urban Health
Print ISSN 1099-3460
Electronic ISSN 1468-2869
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 90
Issue SUPPL 1
Pages 129-141
APA6 Citation Barton, H., & Grant, M. (2013). Urban planning for healthy cities a review of the progress of the european healthy cities programme. Journal of Urban Health, 90(SUPPL 1), 129-141.
Keywords urban planning, WHO healthy cities, european healthy cities programme
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