Why is Atlanta a good setting for the study of Urban Health?

Atlanta has become an engine for economic growth in the national economy as well as a center of diversity and change. The Atlanta region (10 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale) has averaged more than 86,000 new residents each year and had a total population of 4,029,400 as of 2006. With such rapid population growth, Atlanta is challenged to provide health promoting infrastructure, housing, and services to its citizens. The Partnership for Urban Health Research (PUHR) at Georgia State University will work with communities in Atlanta to identify urban health challenges and opportunities in five key areas:

  • Chronic Disease and Aging
  • HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases
  • Injury and Violence
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • Crosscutting Research Capacity
  • Public Housing