Our postal code is a powerful predictor of our health.
The design of our cities has a lasting impact on how we move and participate in everyday life, influencing our chances of experiencing poor health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Canada will spend over $180 billion on infrastructure over the next 12 years. How will these investments impact our health and wellbeing? Who stands to benefit, and how?
The INTErventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT) is a national research collaboration of scientists, urban planners, and engaged citizens uncovering how the design of our cities is shaping the health and wellbeing of Canadians from coast to coast. Seeing the city as a living laboratory, we use innovative tools that harness the power of mobile technology and interactive mapping to measure the impact of changes in urban infrastructure on people’s physical activity, social participation, and wellbeing, and inequalities in these outcomes. By enabling cities to understand the health impact of their investments, our research aims to inspire healthy and sustainable urban development that will leave a lasting impact on population health and health equity in Canada.
INTERACT aims to:
InterventionsInitially launching in four cities across Canada – Victoria, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Montreal - INTERACT will be evaluating the health impact of real world urban form interventions that represent an investment of more than $225M.
- Vancouver Arbutus Greenway
- Victoria AAA Bike Lanes
- Saskatoon Bus Rapid Transit
- Montreal Community Sustainability Plan
Research Leads: Meghan Winters (SFU), Joanie Sims-Gould (UBC), Heather McKay (UBC)
Community Leads: Dale Bracewell (City of Vancouver), Maggie Buttle (City of Vancouver), Megan Fitzgerald (City of Vancouver)
Research Leads: Meghan Winters (SFU), Trisalyn Nelson (ASU, UVic)
Community Leads: Sarah Webb (City of Victoria)
Research Team: Daniel Fuller (Memorial University), Kevin Stanley (University of Saskatchewan), Scott Bell (University of Saskatchewan)
Community Leads: Lesley Anderson (City of Saskatoon), Chris Schulz (City of Saskatoon)
Research Leads: Yan Kestens (Université de Montréal), Michael Cantinotti (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Geetanjali Datta (Université de Montréal).
Community Leads: Louis Drouin (Direction régionale de santé publique), Danielle Lussier (Ville de Montréal).
Yan Kestens, PhD
Université de Montréal
Meghan Winters, PhD
Simon Fraser University
Daniel Fuller, PhD
Memorial University of Newfoundland