Citizens education through participatory research learning
Many citizens are not familiar with the impact of urban environment on health and do not use the green spaces for physical activity or recreation.
The Kaunas Pilot study will be conducted through collaboration between community members, community-based organisations, public health agencies, and educational institutions with the aim of outlining the citizens’ concerns and placing them at the centre of environmental epidemiology research by developing a kit that engages the citizens and presents evidence on how the urban design and physical activity affect citizens’ health and well-being. This research will enhance the understanding of issues that affect community health.
This participatory approach of the Kaunas CitieS-Health pilot study has a potential for a greater engagement of the society in knowledge production and use, the elucidation of the local environmental problems, tackling local ecological issues, and sharing knowledge. The created toolkit on urban design and citizens’ physical activity will provide opportunities for new local and international collaborative research and policy recommendations.