A new whole-of-city strategy for addressing cardiovascular population health

Ann Aerts, Jo Ivey Boufford

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People in low- and middle-income countries experience heart disease at alarming rates. As urbanization accelerates, cities can drive innovative partnerships to improve prevention and management of heart disease, bringing government, business and civil society together. Through Better Hearts Better Cities, we pioneered a people-centered and multisector initiative, guided and owned by local city authorities, to address cardiovascular disease and its underlying causes within the context of rapid urbanization, reaching millions of people. Cities across the world can apply its strategy, consisting of six pillars named CARDIO, shorthand for Care, Access, policy Reform, Data and digital, Intersectoral collaboration and local Ownership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalCities and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • community leaders
  • digital health
  • heart health
  • partnerships
  • urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Urban Studies


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