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Using Internet Search Queries to Assess Public Awareness of the Healthy Cities Approach: A Case Study in Shenzhen, China

by 1,2,3,*, 2, 2,3, 4, 5, 2,3, 6 and 2,3,7
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Key Laboratory of Urban Land Resources Monitoring and Simulation, Ministry of Natural Resources, Shen-zhen 518034, China
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Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Earth System Modeling, Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Tsinghua Urban Institute, Beijing 100084, China
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Shenzhen Research Center of Digital City Engineering, Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resource Management, Shenzhen 518034, China
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School of Resource and Environment Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Business Intelligence Lab, Baidu Research, Baidu Inc., Beijing 100193, China
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Department of Earth Sciences and Department of Geography, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 4264; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084264
Received: 22 March 2021 / Revised: 12 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 April 2021 / Published: 17 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
Cities around the globe are embracing the Healthy Cities approach to address urban health challenges. Public awareness is vital for successfully deploying this approach but is rarely assessed. In this study, we used internet search queries to evaluate the public awareness of the Healthy Cities approach applied in Shenzhen, China. The overall situation at the city level and the intercity variations were both analyzed. Additionally, we explored the factors that might affect the internet search queries of the Healthy Cities approach. Our results showed that the public awareness of the approach in Shenzhen was low. There was a high intercity heterogeneity in terms of interest in the various components of the Healthy Cities approach. However, we did not find a significant effect of the selected demographic, environmental, and health factors on the search queries. Based on our findings, we recommend that the city raise public awareness of healthy cities and take actions tailored to health concerns in different city zones. Our study showed that internet search queries can be a valuable data source for assessing the public awareness of the Healthy Cities approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthy city; health needs; internet search; outreach; public awareness healthy city; health needs; internet search; outreach; public awareness
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Yang, J.; Zhang, Y.; Xiao, Y.; Shen, S.; Su, M.; Bai, Y.; Zhou, J.; Gong, P. Using Internet Search Queries to Assess Public Awareness of the Healthy Cities Approach: A Case Study in Shenzhen, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4264. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084264

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Yang J, Zhang Y, Xiao Y, Shen S, Su M, Bai Y, Zhou J, Gong P. Using Internet Search Queries to Assess Public Awareness of the Healthy Cities Approach: A Case Study in Shenzhen, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):4264. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084264

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Yang, Jun, Yutong Zhang, Yixiong Xiao, Shaoqing Shen, Mo Su, Yuqi Bai, Jingbo Zhou, and Peng Gong. 2021. "Using Internet Search Queries to Assess Public Awareness of the Healthy Cities Approach: A Case Study in Shenzhen, China" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 8: 4264. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084264

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