Global Fit Cities through Improvements to Our Human-Built Physical & Social Environments

Dr. Karen Lee Health + Built Environment + Social Determinants Consulting is pleased to welcome you to our Global Fit Cities Initiative.  

Our Vision:  Global Fit Cities through Improvements to Our Human-Built Physical & Social Environments, achieved through Cross-Sectoral Partnerships and Global Collaboration.

Our Mission: Supporting human, environmental and economic fitness in municipalities, cities and states globally through improvements to our human-built physical and social environments. We provide technical assistance to communities and organizations undertaking this work.  We also support communities and organizations to develop, implement and evaluate successful cross-sectoral partnerships and global sharing of best practices required to undertake this work.  

Our Founder:  Dr. Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc is a healthy built environment and social determinants of health specialist.  After working for the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and leading these efforts for the City of New York for nearly a decade as its Inaugural Healthy Built Environment and Active Design Director, and as Deputy to the Assistant Commissioner for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control under the Bloomberg Administration, as well as former experience as a Deputy Medical Officer of Health in local health departments in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, Dr. Lee founded our team to provide strategic and technical assistance to cities globally and to the organizations that work with them.

Our Team:  Specializes in helping communities and organizations use the human-built physical environment – our buildings, streets, and neighborhoods, and the amenities in them –  and other social determinants of health (e.g. work and education factors) to address today's leading epidemics of obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancers, and diabetes. We also strive where possible to impact mental health and injuries, also leading causes of morbidity and mortality, respectively.  By working with us to improve these priority health issues through environmental improvements, communities and organizations can synergistically address greening the environment, and improving universal accessibility, social equity and economic resilience.

You can find out more about the services Dr. Lee's team offers here or you can contact us directly here.

Feel free to explore presentations and resources by Dr. Karen Lee as well as projects using the navigation bar above.  

SAVE THE DATE! Columbia University in NYC is planning to offer Dr. Karen Lee's Designing Healthy Cities course again June 19-23, 2017. Click HERE for more information and to register for the course.  

For the first time this year, Boston University is also offering Dr. Karen Lee's Designing Healthy Cities course June 12-17, 2017. Click HERE for more information and to register for the Boston course.

If you are interested in taking or offering Dr. Karen Lee's "Designing Healthy Cities" course in your city or university, please contact us. 


Have any questions? Reach out to Dr. Karen Lee here.