HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEMS: ANALYSIS OF LINKAGES (HEAL) is a global collaboration that seeks to more comprehensively characterize how ecosystem change affects human health through rigorous scientific inquiry. Most research to date regarding these links has investigated one side of the health/ecosystem “equation” or the other, as examining the two together in scientifically credible ways is not easy with commonly used sector-specific research methodologies.

To address this challenge, the HEAL research teams are trans-disciplinary and will work collaboratively to meld ecological, epidemiological, social, and economic approaches and tools.  HEAL’s overall goals will be accomplished through an integrated, holistic approach that includes the following:

Explore Currently Understood Linkages

The HEAL collaborators believe that there are important public health impacts associated with changes in the state of different ecosystems and that, frequently, degradation of these ecosystems leads to negative public health impacts. A review of the literature finds important linkages between the state of ecosystems and a number of public health challenges. Read more...

Conduct Applied Research

HEAL’s applied research program focuses on four globally  significant categories of health: 1) communicable diseases (e.g., diarrhea, malaria); 2) non-communicable diseases (e.g., related to water or air pollution); 3) nutrition (e.g., protein-calorie or micronutrient deficiencies); and 4) psychological  health. Within each of these, HEAL has identified  geographical areas of conservation importance where specific  public health/ecosystem relationships will be thoroughly  evaluated. Read more…           

Effectively Synthesize Findings

HEAL’s Cross-Cutting Module will ensure that synthetic lessons learned are captured and shared during the five-year timeframe of the project. Cross-study analyses will be undertaken allowing for further generalization of study findings. Read more… 

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