Environmental Health Unit

The unit ran GREENH-City (GouveRnance pour l’Equité, l’EnviroNment et la Santé dans la Cité, 2017-2021), an intervention research aiming to analyse and compare, through green public urban spaces management study, local implementation of health in all policies in  order to struggle against health inequities. The Domiscore project (Methodological contribution to Domiscore, a tool characterizing the impact of housing on health and well-being, 2018-2021) aims to promote healthy housing and to detect at risk situations. It is a multicriteria grid that assesses several characteristics that are known to impact health and well-being. It considers both the negative and the positive impacts a housing can have on health. It takes into account vulnerable populations (e.g. disabled or elderly people). The unit preformed an assessment of a strategic framework for health promotion in Lausanne (2018-2020) through a healthy-cities lens analysis of the 17 Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. This produced a  reading  grid  through  which all potentially health promotion actions of the  city of Lausanne were screened in order to be assessed and prioritised. The unit used a Health impact assessment (HIA) of the PADD-SCOT (Pays de Vesoul - Val de Saône, 2018-2020) to make a prospective analysis of the health effects induced by the territorial planning of a French rural territory in order to overall identify leverage action to promote health in public policies with spatial impact. Finally, in the context of the 3rd French National Environmental Health Action Plan (NEHAP-3, 2015-2019), the unit ran a HIA implementation in urban planning procedures (2016-2018), produced by the High Council of Public Health (HCPH), to analyse whether health was taken into consideration in urban planning procedures and to recommend improvement actions using the HIA tool in these procedures. The final report serves as a practical guide for national and local decision-makers in regard to urban and environmental policies.