Founded in 2002, the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health (OSUBH, in Portuguese initials) is a partnership of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) with the Belo Horizonte Municipality and a Collaborative Center of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
Its mission is to build workforce capacity in population health
research and to conduct urban-themed studies that can drive planning for improving urban health, especially in the intense urbanization areas associated with intra-urban inequalities.
It focuses in the acquisition of in-depth knowledge on urban health (metrics) through scientific research, seeking to improve public health services at both individual and community levels. Its goals also include understanding the social and environmental conditions of urban life in order to allow the implementation of specific intervention strategies and policies. The OSUBH is engaged in
- Identifying indicators action-oriented for policies and intervention;
- Assembling data from different sources;
- Creating a city-wide database of urban indicators;
- Conducting original data collection.
History and Projects
OSUBH performs a wide range of studies on relevant topics in urban health, providing innovative approaches in urban research. It focuses on determinants of emerging and re-emerging diseases, and health events associated to urban lifestyle, as well as the role of social determinants of health. It is engaged in literature reviews, in developing a city-wide database of urban indicators, gathering information on interventions, programs and plans to improve the health of urban dwellers.
Main current projects
- Saúde em Beagá Study, comprising 4 subprojects
- Move-se Project – lifestyle, diet and physical activity
- Social Determinants of Health – neighborhood physical and social environment
- Adolescent´s well being – cultural, behavior, health and safety Systematic Social Observation
- Road Safety in 10 countries – “Vida no Trânsito”
- Project Life and Healthy Vilas – potential impact on health due to urban interventions