The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project aims to increase the understanding of the best routes for improving the social determinants of health in urban contexts. In its first year, BHC conducted several exploratory data collection activities in two Smart Cities to inform the project’s approach. The resulting data is intended to be used by city stakeholders to define barriers to implementation, unintended consequences, and key leverage points to improve urban health.
An early, exploratory data collection initiative was the Health Needs Assessment – one conducted in 2017-18 in the “Smart City” of Indore, India and the second conducted in 2018 in the “Smart City” of Makassar, Indonesia. The purpose of these health needs assessments was to understand access, barriers, knowledge, and opportunities for healthy living across a range of stakeholders, and to investigate multisectoral activities related to health and urban planning.