eBook Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Eliminating Perinatal Disparity, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1591406102
  • ISBN-13: 9781591406105
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 317 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released November 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Eliminating Perinatal Disparity is designed to introduce a community health group to the potential of using a Geographic Information System to improve birth outcomes. The book is aimed at novice to intermediate level GIS users, though even advanced researchers will gain from the detailed health examples. Chapters in this book provide an overview of why geography is important in the investigation of health, the importance of the four main components of a GIS (data input, manipulation, analysis and visualization), how important neighborhood context is when using a GIS, and the general differences found between urban and rural health environments. In addition, the reader is introduced to the importance of GIS and confidentially, how a mobile urban population may impact GIS findings, and why pregnant mothers should catered for when making disaster response plans. Examples are drawn heavily from the Baton Rouge Healthy Start program, with one chapter providing an overview guide as to how GIS can be incorporated in the initial grant writing stage for such a program.