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Can Urban Planning Solve the Health Problems That Poverty Causes?

Stanford physician and public health researcher Rita Hamad is researching how to improve health and reduce poverty worldwide. Based on her previous research on microfinance in Peru and South Africa, she’s already got some clues on how crucial urban planning can be to both. [In this interview] she speaks about, chronic disease, microloans, how poverty looks across the world, and more…the research these days shows that it’s a lot deeper than that. There’s multiple pathways, that there’s the simple ability to afford things, like food or healthcare or housing, and there’s these biological effects of living in poverty that can lead to the development of chronic diseases. And that even when it comes to health behaviors that people have, that it’s not always a choice.

[Read interview in the NextCity website]

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