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About TRUUD

TRUUD stands for ‘Tackling the Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development’

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are illnesses that can’t be passed from person to person, such as diabetes, heart disease and poor mental health.  Our urban environments can have an impact on our health.  For example, links have been found between NCDs and air pollution, availability of green spaces, and nature in our urban spaces.  We are working with decision makers and communities to develop ways to prioritise health in urban planning decisions.

Our Work Packages

Primary Engagement

Together with people who work in urban development, we are mapping out the system of decision making and identifying potential areas where we can influence the system and make changes to prioritise long-term health.

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Economic Valuation

We are using existing evidence and information about people’s “willingness to pay” to develop a tool to calculate the cost of poor health linked to the urban environment (e.g. health treatments, costs of missing work). This tool will be available to decision makers and the public.

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Intervention Co-Production

This piece of the research will bring together information from our Primary Engagement, Economic Valuation and Public Involvement work to identify and develop the best way to prioritise health in urban development decision-making (the “intervention”). This work is also aiming to ensure that TRUUD intervention can be used in a broad range of urban development contexts.

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Public Involvement

We are working with the public to develop creative initiatives. These will be used to communicate the effects of the urban environment and health inequalities on individuals and communities to decision makers.

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Knowledge Exchange

TRUUD aims to work with communities and experts in urban development to develop ways to prioritise health. To do this we will make sure that we share information and listen to what people want and need (knowledge exchange). This is important because we want what we find in TRUUD to be relevant to the “real world” and to make changes to the way that decisions are made about urban developments across the country.

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Meta-Research Evaluation

The TRUUD consortium is made up of lots of experts from lots of different specialties, all with health as a common priority. We are using this part of the research to ensure that we reflect on how we work as a team. This will help us to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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