Elsevier,

Health & Place, Volume 31, January 2015, Pages 65-74

Most research on neighbourhoods and health will likely continue to be based upon observational studies, improving their design will advance knowledge generated from this growing field. Increasingly, discussions about strengthening this evidence base is being linked to other design and analytic strategies such as inclusion of instrumental variables, propensity scoring and use of natural experiments to further our understanding of the impact of place on health. We have described here several methodological issues that shaped the design considerations of the NEHW study to ensure that, while it is a cross-sectional sample, it will still advance the quality of evidence emerging from observational studies. This addresses SDG 3.
Tenebrio molitor in the form of mealworm (left) and beetle (right). Photos by author.
This papers addresses SDGs 2 and 3 through discussions of "One Health" biosecurity by focusing on food security and documenting shortcomings of health policy based on global unity.
Research, development and commercialisation are three important stages in pharmaceuticals and to advancing goal 3. This chapter explores the role of biophysical characterisation in this process.
Elsevier,

Environmental Modelling & Software, December 2014, Pages 327 - 350

Agricultural systems models worldwide are increasingly being used to explore options and solutions for food security, climate change adaptation, and mitigation and carbon trading problem domains. Improvements to the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) can contribute to advancing SDG 15 and minimising the adverse environmental effects of food production.
Thus far, little is known about what older people want to improve in their long-term care facility. Nine topics were found important in improving the lives of older residents. The significance of the social dimension of care has been highlighted in this study. Seemingly small changes can make a big difference in the lives of residents, addressing SDG 3.
A third of the 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to improved sanitation live in India, as do two-thirds of the 1 billion practising open defecation and a quarter of the 1.5 million who die annually from diarrhoeal diseases. This study looked at the effectiveness of a rural sanitation intervention in India, providing insight into how to reach SDG 6.2 to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and ending open defecation whilst paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
Mortality Rate Ratios for seniors age 65 and older (MRR65+) by New York City Community District (n=59). The MRR65+ compares mortality rates during very hot days (maximum heat index=100 °F+) to all May through September days, 1997–2006.
The health impacts of exposure to summertime heat are a significant problem in New York City (NYC) and for many cities and are expected to increase with a warming climate. This article explores the connections between health in Goal 3 and climate change in Goal 13.
Elsevier,

Health & Place, Volume 29, September 2014, Pages 43-51

Building toilets and getting people to use them is critical for public health and delivering on goal 6. These authors deployed a political ecology approach specifically to identify the multi-scalar political, economic, and environmental factors influencing toilet adoption in rural India.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, Volume 386, Issue 9993, 8–14 August 2015, Pages 569-624

This article examines surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries, which has stagnated and regressed. To prevent death and make progress towards goal 3 access to these surgical services must be available, affordable, timely and safe.
Urban green spaces provide critical ecosystems whilst also promoting physical activity, psychological well-being, and general public health benefits to urban residents. Reviewing the efforts to green US and Chinese cities provides useful guidance to assist the advancement of SDG target 3, 11 and 15 in promoting good health for all and building sustainable communities while creating and maintaining urban ecosystems.

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