Cooperation between environment and health sectors is key in protecting human health from environmental risks. The active introduction of health-enhancing methods (e.g., active mobility – walking and cycling) in cities can, in turn, have a positive impact on the environment. Increased interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation between areas such as health and the environment enhances public health.
Many underestimate the impact of non-medical factors on human health. Ambient air pollution by fine particles, the lack of accessibility of green spaces and water, the quality of urban development and planning, and the prevalence of active mobility all affect health. Environmental factors that contribute to the increase in likelihood of disease is as high as 20%.
Moscow has been a member of the World Health Organization's "Regions for Health" network - an association of European regions aiming to reduce the morbidity of the population due to "non-medical" health factors by improving the environment – since 2019. The environmental priorities of Moscow are the improvement of air quality, increasing green spaces, and developing environmentally friendly modes of transport including forms of active mobility. These are all directly linked to the improvement of public health, and some of these initiatives have already made significant progress in recent years.
During this online dialogue, cities and regions will share experiences and methods in the field of environmental protection and in assessing of the influence of "non-medical" factors on public health.