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Gina South: Neighborhoods, Urban Nature, and Why Place Matters for Health

Oct 23, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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This talk will critically examine the links between place and health, including the impact that structural racism has had on neighborhood environments. We will use urban nature as a case example, looking at the links between nature and health, and the 10 experience of research in vacant lot greening as an example of action-oriented, community relevant scientific inquiry.

Eugenia (Gina) South is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn?s Perelman School of Medicine, as well as the Faculty Director for the Penn Urban Health Lab. As a physician-scientist, her broad vision is to improve health and quality of life for residents in low-resource and Black communities through both research and clinical work. Dr. South's research agenda is focused on developing and testing individual and neighborhood level interventions to better understand the ways in which the physical and social attributes of where people live, work, and play influence physical and mental health, and community safety. Her work on vacant lot greening has been published in JAMA Network Open, PNAS, and AJPH, as well as been covered by national and international media outlets such as the Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine. Her current work includes an RWJ funded community-led micro-greening efforts, developing a peer-navigator intervention with a behavioral economics framework to increase the amount of time people spend in urban nature, evaluating the impact of structural housing repairs on crime, a CDC funded study to evaluate the impact of blight remediation and an alternative response unit on opioid overdose in Philadelphia, and a series of studies evaluating the impact of violent crime on acute care utilization.

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