Application program to engage a new health and well-being culture in cities and territories


The "Pilot healthy places" programme is INTA’s new initiative in partnership with Urbapilot to promote a new health and well-being culture in our communities. It aims at renewing the links between health and urban planning actors.
It comes as a natural outcome of Urbapilot’s prior research project "Programming neighborhoods that are beneficial to the inhabitants regarding health and well-being" led by Marie Chabrol (Urbapilot) and supported by Leroy Merlin Source.

The "Pilot healthy places" utilizes a set of solution typologies developed to meet the challenges of our expertise-seeking communities’ operational contexts. Our programme, from a social innovation perspective, relies on intermediary actors and their ability to change their own environment. Our goal is to initiate with local authorities new solutions that takes into consideration the interest of the local population as well as public and private actors.

The programme lays the groundwork for local urban and health practitioners, local authorities and elected officials through the production of an operational roadmap after a series of practical experiments conducted by our project experts immersed over a period of time in the host community environment. Our programme using a transversal approach touches upon various thematic areas spanning from local participatory budget, affordable housing programmes, private housing regeneration, to urban network operators. It is meant to guide a long-term structuring public policies in their multi-scale and multi-sectoral dimension. It should also be noted that our approach privileges population involvement as we are convinced that urban and health enhancement is a matter of endogenic dynamics.


Why this programme ?

While more than half of the world's population lives in cities with a growing trend, health is at the heart of urban issues in the 21st century, including the two major societal challenges: the aging of population and the demographic changes in the world a part ; adaptation to climate change on the other.

World's population increasingly urban with more than half living in urban areas

A rapidly-growing trend of urban living

Health is at the heart of urban issues in the 21st century

Aging populations and demographic changes

Climate change (climate emergency/ Global Heating)


These societal challenges to name but a few not only illustrate the vulnerability and the complexity of our urban systems but also highlight their multiple dependencies. The scarcity of quality resources such as water, air, food and energy coupled with the widening of social, economic and spatial inequalities require a serious review of actual health and urban policies.

The effects of climate change on health and the impact on the quality of the urban environment are now well documented in the last report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The World Health Organization (WHO)’s publication on the occasion of the Habitat III conference in October 2016 "Health as the Pulse of the New Urban Agenda" also illustrates the need to draft cross sectoral public policies in terms of  urban health.

Faced with these multiple stakes, territories must organize themselves:

  • Through the implementation of long-term structural policies (infrastructures / equipment / programming of urban functions, etc.) in a context of reduced investment capacity;
  • by short-term actions that must give visibility to long-term actions, initiate new logic of governance and economic model, and also lead to changes in user behavior.


How ?

INTA and Urbapilot are joining forces under this "Pilot Healthy Places" programme to put into action short-term operational instruments to invent solutions for tomorrow:

  • A living Lab methodology
  • Collective and collaborative solutions to counterbalance the dehumanization of indicators and evaluation grids.



We capitalize on our sites’ local ecosystem and existing social, health, urban, and environmental links using a three-step intensive work program based on a rich and rigorous methodology developed by INTA and Urbapilot.

First phase: we organize the group of partners that include will local authorities, international/national institutions and sponsors involved in the program.

Second phase: we co-construct solutions with the help of our host communities. This phase will be repeated in each selected area (city, region...). It will be divided into three sequences: scan, focus and experimentation.

  • The scan: It allows the development of an urban-health-environment i.e. cross diagnosis with the targeted communities to identify the ecosystem of local players. It will be carried out by the project team allowing the development of a context-specific shared design of our experimentation tools.
  • The focus: It allows the development of a collaborative synergy among local stakeholders and an international team through a peer-to-peer review and exchange of experiences.
  • The experiment: It aims to quickly check the relevance of a concept and to enrich it by the participation of users. The local authorities and actors involved in the previous stages will be in charge of setting up the prototypes to be tested. We will provide tailored advisory and monitoring support to the leadership.

Finally, a third phase of evaluation of the program and communication of the results will be put in place. Its objective will be to allow a shared assessment of the various approaches during the application process and to capitalize on experiment results.

// More information- download the Programme's presentation


How can I get involved?

To benefit from this innovative and forward-looking program, local authorities, elected officials, foundations, companies, non-governmental organizations, international development institutions, independent individuals are all welcome to contact the INTA secretariat to explore collaboration possibilities. 


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