International Exchange: Health, 

 Education & Innovation Precincts 

 United States & Canada 


About the Exchange

The Cities Leadership Institute is pleased to announce its 2019 International Exchange on Health and Innovation to the United States and Canada. The exchange will take place 8 — 18 September 2019.


Over 11 days, we will lead a delegation of Australian urban leaders to the US and Canada to explore best-practices in creating health innovation districts, including deepening insights into planning, financing, and governance of health innovation districts and their economic and social benefits. We will also connect with experts and partners in the public and private sector on how to improve citizens’ mental and physical health in cities.


Delegates will learn from a range of speakers, experts, entrepreneurs, and leaders in six cities in North America including San Fransisco CA, Vancouver BC, Cleveland OH, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and New York NY. Activities will range from neighborhood walking tours to roundtables to in-depth learning sessions.

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Invaluable Learning,

Enduring Impact

Participants of previous International Exchanges took time out to reflect on the value of what they learnt and share their experience of what they brought back to their communities.

Hear what they had to say right here.


Key Learning Outcomes

Delegates will be given the opportunity to explore best practices in establishing health precincts, along with their associated economic and social benefits. We will connect with experts and partners in the public and private sector on how to improve the overall health in cities and communities.

The exchange will also explore:

  • How to set the vision and goals for a ‘healthy’ city

  • Ways of planning and creating health precincts; tools, finance, and governance

  • The benefits of collaborations and public-private partnerships

  • Understanding and choosing the right assets and resources to build upon

  • Effective community consultation and engagement

  • Strategies to improve citizens’ mental and physical health in cities

For more information, please contact:

Leigh Osterhus, Programme Coordinator


P: +61 2 8007 4442

Exchange Highlights

Keep an eye on this space to see the highlights of the Exchange as they develop.

  • Cleveland's Health Tech Corridor is a vibrant, entrepreneurial ecosystem which represents a huge transition from predominately manufacturing to a leading city for health and technology.

  • Taking on an interdisciplinary approach to healthy urban design, Van Alen Institute has a varied portfolio, engaging a wide array of stakeholders. From unpacking how urban spaces impact citizens mental health to redistributing inmates from Rikers Island in NYC, Van Alen will provide key insights during a walking tour to showcase projects. 

  • Check out the Health and Technology District and City of Surrey’s rapidly growing innovation ecosystem through a half-day immersion of presentations, a guided, interactive tour, and finally a workshop to brainstorm the future development of the District. 

  • Walk the talk in Washington, DC, with Catherine Nagel, Executive Director of City Parks Alliance (CPA) who will lead a hands-on, walking tour of the CPA’s groundbreaking work in championing urban parks for cities across America. Hear first-hand the public health value of a variety of city parks for diverse populations. 

Check out the working itinerary here

"Completely different and much more valuable than even multi-day conferences I’ve attended. The enduring discussions and synergies between each presentation really helped the group grow together and enhanced the depth of our learning and my overall experience."

- Bart Curnow, Senior Planner, SMEC

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