Backgrounder: Urban Form and Health Equity

Review the principles of urban form in building healthy communities. 

Policy resource type : Urban form, Public health
Type : Internal

Health equity refers to the differences in health outcomes that are associated with unequal economic, social or geographic conditions. Urban form refers to the way that we build our communities, whether they are sprawling or dense, and whether destinations are close enough together that people can easily get to most places they need to go by walking or cycling. 

What makes this tool valuable?

Urban form plays an important role in promoting or hindering health equity. Download the backgrounder to learn about the components of a healthy urban form, and how they can be supported by policy. 

Urban Form

For a list of references related to this topic, download the annotated bibliography in the resources section. 

For some sample Canadian policies that promote healthy urban form, download the backgrounder document.

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