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A Whole-Of-City Approach To Resolve Our Biggest Challenge: Cardiovascular Health And Care

May 29 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Over half of the global population currently resides in urban areas, a rate projected to reach 70% by 2050. This means that it is cities we will look to when it comes to solving our biggest challenges including cardiovascular disease (CVD), the world’s biggest killer. A whole-of-city strategy to improve cardiovascular health can impact millions of people.

Cities are hotspots for CVD and concerted interventions to combat risk factors can reduce mortality, increase quality of life, and reduce health inequalities in high-, middle- and low-income cities alike. Addressing root causes of CVD can promote healthy and livable cities. Cities have proven to be drivers of population health. By working together across sectors and disciplines, using real time data to guide health decision making, city authorities can rapidly improve the heart health of the populations they serve.

Globally, CVD is predicted to rise significantly in the coming decades, and disproportionally so in underserved populations, thereby increasing existing inequities. We need to challenge this reality! Join global leaders from government, academia, healthcare, and technology industry to explore how new multi-sector partnerships using data-driven decision-making can improve population health and narrow health inequities globally.

This session is inspired by the CARDIO4Cities initiative designed and validated by the Novartis Foundation, to help cities rapidly advance their efforts to improve CVD. It is based on data-driven population health roadmaps that implement multisectoral, city-wide interventions. Join us along with a varied group of influential stakeholders to discuss how we can protect the hearts of city dwellers.


May 29
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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World Heart Federation


Geneva Graduate Institute
Geneva, Switzerland + Google Map