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

  • Published By:
  • 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

  • Price:  Sign in for price

About

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Eliminating Perinatal Disparity Table of Contents.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
1: Explaining the Geography of Infant Health.
2: An Introduction to GIS (All Things Data).
3: An Introduction to GIS (All Things Spatial).
4: The Geography of Health Risks.
5: GIS and Spatial Analysis: Keeping It Simple.
6: Advanced Spatial Analysis.
7: Spatial/Temporal Stability in Neighborhoods of Risk: The Mobility of Mothers.
8: Patient Confidentiality.
9: Creating the Baton Rouge Healthy Start GIS.
10: Bioterrorism, Pregnancy, and Old White Men.
11: Rural Health Issues and Their Investigation in a GIS Environment.
About the Authors.
Index.