Mission & Governance


To improve health and health equity in cities and their surroundings, to achieve a healthier urban future for all people, in all communities, worldwide.


ISUH engages researchers, policymakers, urban practitioners and city residents to translate urban health knowledge into practical action and impact, creating and implementing evidence-based solutions that improve lives worldwide.


ISUH was founded in 2002 as a program of The New York Academy of Medicine and in 2021 was incorporated as a nonprofit organization and recognized as a tax-exempt, charitable organization by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISUH is governed by a Board of Directors and supported by an Expert Advisory Council who provide programmatic guidance and advice.

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The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is the sole global nonprofit organization working to bring together leaders from across academia, government, philanthropy, the nonprofit, and private sectors to improve the health, wellbeing and equity of city residents.

The ISUH was founded in 2002 at The New York Academy of Medicine as an organization dedicated to building the field of urban health through its annual scientific meeting, the International Conference of Urban Health (ICUH).

As the only global conference of its kind, the ICUH advances understanding and action to improve urban health by addressing its broad determinants. As such, ICUH is a critical platform for sharing lessons, both successes and problems, to promote learning and progress. Because more than half the world’s population lives in cities in all regions of the world, and since this number is increasing each year, the roles of the ISUH and ICUH in global health will only become more significant.

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ISUH is the only global professional organization in the world that focuses exclusively on the broad determinants of urban health. Your membership can help us develop and sustain ISUH as an independent voice of our global, transdisciplinary members and strategic partners for health equity in urban settings.