“Public Health Futures” by Clement Bezold, Yasemin Arikan, and Trevor Thompson in: Bialek, R., Beitsch, L. M., & Moran, J. W. (2017). Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. Routledge.

We’re delighted to have our work comprise the first chapter of Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. In this new book, more than 50 population health experts have come together to provide key insights into how to address population health issues and challenges in a collaborative way. In chapter 1, we use the Public Health 2035 scenarios to offer alternative futures as a context for the wide range of developments discussed by the other contributors who examine evidence-based intervention strategies, case studies, health equity issues, core competencies, public health campaigns, step-by-step collaboration advice, and much more. Each chapter is written by a population health leader shaped by his or her experience implementing change in a community’s health, to demonstrate innovative methods and tools for building and leading sustainable community coalitions to affect real change.

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“Futures Thinking and Healthy Cities” by Trevor Hancock and Clement Bezold in: Leeuw, E. de, & Simos, J. (2017). Healthy Cities: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Value-Based Urban Planning (pp. 449–462). Springer.

What is a healthy city? In this new chapter, Clement Bezold has teamed up with long-time IAF colleague Trevor Hancock, a leading Canadian public health physician/advocate and futurist. The crucial point we make is that a healthy city is—or needs to be—an exercise in anticipatory democracy. One of the key characteristics of a healthy city or community is that people are involved and engaged, that they participate. But what does this mean in the twenty-first century, with the widespread and swiftly growing use of social media and other forms of internet connectivity? What does a participatory and anticipatory democratic process mean, what does it look like and how can it work—and how does it work in very different settings, from megacities to small municipalities, from large cities in the Global North that are richly endowed with resources to small villages in the Global South? To help with exploring these questions, we shed light on the potential use of a variety of futures methodologies to explore together the futures we might inhabit, to prepare us for and to help us avoid the ‘bad news’, and to have the conversations that will help us to find our way forward, together, to the healthier future for our cities and our citizens that we all desire.

The larger book describes collaborations between city planning and public health. Models, critiques, and global examples illustrate institutional change, community input, targeted assessment, and other means of addressing longstanding sources of urban health challenges. In these pages, healthy cities are rooted firmly in the worldwide movement toward balanced and sustainable urbanization, developed not to disguise or displace entrenched health and social problems, but to encourage and foster solutions.

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