use energy more efficiently, tolerate better differences in values and behavior, and have a richer array of health, social service and community-based organizations than rural or suburban communities.
urban residents are healthier than their non-urban counter-parts. But cities also have higher rates of many illnesses, more access to health-damaging resources (e.g., drugs and guns), and higher levels of the income disparities associated with poor health
“ The keys to achieve health equity in urban settings are to create a nurturing society that protects the vulnerable, ensures a healthy living and working environment, and provides a universal system to respond to health needs.”
“ Healthy urban governance and integrated approaches to interventions are key pathways to reducing health inequity . Securing more resources for health investments in urban settings, coupled with fairer distribution of those resources, is vital.”