Using Geographic Information Science to Advance Health Equity and Environmental Justice

Presenter: Andrew Maroko, PhDMAROKO_ACADEMIC_PIC_102714 (2)

Associate Director

Lehman College Urban GISc Lab

CUNY Graduate School of

Public Health and Health Policy

Date: May 2, 2017


Environmental factors have an important impact on the health of communities.  Public health professionals may use geographic information sciences (GIS) to assess the health of communities by analyzing exposure, or being subjected to negative factors such as pollution, as well as accessibility, or the ability to access positive factors such as green space and healthy food.  In this webinar, Dr. Andrew Maroko discusses the process of geovisualization, hypothesis generation, data exploration, and communication and knowledge transfer in conducting environmental justice research.  Dr. Maroko also describes various methods and technologies used to estimate exposure and accessibility, and provides examples of GIS in environmental justice/health equity projects in New York City and Glasgow, Scotland.

Reflection Questions

  • Why is geography important with respect to health equity and environmental justice?
  • How can the relationships among health, population, and geography be better understood by using spatial analyses?
  • What are some of the limitations with using GIS methodology when examining health equity or environmental justice?

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

  • Primary Competency Domain: Analytic/Assessment
  • Specific competencies: 1A1, 1A2, 1A3, 1A4, 1A5, 1A6, 1A7, 1A8, 1A9, 1A10, 1A11, 1A12, 1A13, 1A14, 1B1, 1B2, 1B3, 1B4, 1B5, 1B6, 1B8, 1B9, 1B10, 1B11, 1B12, 1B13, 1B15, 1C1, 1C2, 1C3, 1C4, 1C5, 1C6, 1C8, 1C9, 1C10, 1C11, 1C13, 1C15, 2A1, 2A5, 2A6, 2A7, 2A9, 2A10, 2A12, 2B6, 2B7, 2B8, 2B10, 2B13, 2C10, 2C11, 2C14, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A5, 3A8, 3B2, 3B3, 3B5, 3C2, 3C5, 4A1, 4A2, 4A3, 4A4, 4A5, 4A6, 4B1, 4B2, 4B3, 4B4, 4B5, 4B6, 4C1, 4C2, 4C3, 4C4, 4C6, 5A1, 5A2, 5A5, 5A7, 5B7, 5B8, 5B9, 5B10, 6A3, 6A4, 6A5, 6A6, 6A8, 6B3, 6B5, 6B6, 6B7, 6B9, 6C5, 6C6, 6C9, 7A8, 7A10, 8A1, 8A2, 8A3, 8A4, 8A5, 8A6, 8A8, 8B1, 8B2, 8B5, 8B8, 8B10, 8C1, 8C10

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