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Tuesday, April 10 • 10:30am - 10:45am
SYMPOSIA-10: Towards a more holistic framework for a health-led approach at the green and blue infrastructure and human health interface

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AUTHORS: Oludunsin Arodudu, Department of Geography, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland; Ronan Foley, Department of Geography, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland; Michael Brennan, Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, Ireland; Malachy Bradley, Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, Ireland; Gerald Mills, School of Geography, University College Dublin, Ireland; Tine Ningal, School of Geography, University College Dublin, Ireland

ABSTRACT: Several known factors affect or contribute to human health outcomes. One of such factors is the presence or absence of nature’s green and blue infrastructures (i.e. vegetation and water bodies) or ecosystem services. While previous health impact assessment studies have provided evidence that nature's green and blue infrastructures have multiple health benefits, noteworthy however is the fact that most of such previous studies are conducted around locations of green and blue infrastructures (GBI) or based on the availability of green and blue infrastructure data (i.e. essentially green and blue infrastructure or GBI led). Within the context of such studies, it is often not explicitly clear if there are other more important determinants of health. To avoid this lack of clarity and strike the needed balance, there is a need to adopt a new health-led approach that accounts for long-term health outcomes at different geospatial scales, before considering the effects of the location of green and blue infrastructures; as well as the impacts of other factors. In order to forge such a health-led approach, this study identified research and data needs at the green and blue infrastructure and the human health research interface (i.e. the GBI/health study interface), through an integrative scoping review of 36 key publications that are either entirely GBI-led or entirely health-led in nature. The identified research and data needs are proposed for incorporation into a new and broader framework for a health-led approach. Among other things, they are expected to extend analysis at the GBI/health study interface, beyond considering narrow cross-sectional health outcomes at single geospatial scales, to considering health outcomes on longitudinal basis at multiple geospatial scales. This is expected to make GBI/health studies more holistic, and their resulting research outcomes more robust and acceptable. This will also help ascertain the need for green and blue infrastructure interventions in the physical development of living spaces, in order to ensure healthier environment and societies.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
Hancock Parlor

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