182714 Call to Action: Urbanization and the Increasing Need of Podiatric Care

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 12:50 PM

Ajitha Karunakaran Nair, MPH , California School of Podiatric Medicine, Berkeley, CA
This article examines published literature and relates it to the increased need for international podiatric health care due to urbanization. A worldwide trend for the rural poor to migrate to the city for work has left this population in transitory environments lacking basic health resources. Current podiatric related morbidity and mortality statistics will only increase as a result of the absence of podiatric care especially due to the direct correlation of foot health to disability.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize and prioritize the relationship of urbanization and podiatric care. 2. Raise awareness of developing worlds cities who are undergoing rapid urbanization and their future health needs.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am doing research on the subject to write the article. I am also working with University of California, Berkeley students in urban design to compile research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.