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Population Health Intervention Research

Geographical perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniel W. Harrington, Sara McLafferty, Susan J. Elliott


206 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Health geographers are well situated for undertaking population health intervention research (PHIR), and have an opportunity to be at the forefront of this emerging area of inquiry. However, in order to advance PHIR, the scientific community needs to be innovative with its methodologies, theories, and ability to think critically about population health issues. For example, using alternatives (e.g. community-based participatory research) to traditional study designs such as the randomised control trial, health geographers can contribute in important ways to understanding the complex relationships between population health (both intended and unintended consequences), interventions and place. Representing a diverse array of health concerns ranging across chronic and infectious diseases, and research employing varied qualitative and quantitative methodologies, the contributions to this book illustrate how geographic concepts and approaches have informed the design and planning of intervention(s) and/or the evaluation of health impacts. For example, the authors argue that geographically targeting interventions to places of high-need and tailoring interventions to local place contexts are critically important for intervention success. Including an afterword by Professor Louise Potvin, this book will appeal to researchers interested in population and public/community health and epidemiology as well as health geography.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Daniel W. Harrington, Sara McLafferty, Susan J. Elliott

2. Partnerships to improve population health and health equity: geographic perspectives

Barb Riley, Kerry Robinson, Martin Taylor, Cameron Willis

3. The vacant land inventory: an approach to support vacant lot redevelopment for population health improvement in Milwaukee, WI, USA

Jared Olson, Sandra Bogar, Kelly Hoormann, Moriah Iverson, Kirsten Beyer

4. Spatial analysis of HIV/AIDS survival in Dallas County, Texas

Joseph R. Oppong, Stephanie Heald, Warankana Ruckthongsook, Chetan Tiwari

5. From cultural clashes to settlement stressors: a review of HIV prevention interventions for gay and bisexual immigrant men in North America. 

Nathaniel Lewis

6. Making a place for health in vulnerability analysis: a case study on dengue in Malaysia and Brazil

Sarah Dickin

7. The geography of malaria control in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mark Janko, Michael Emch

8. Natural experiments for addressing chronic diseases

Daniel Fuller, Erin Hobin

9. Shaping the direction of youth health with COMPASS: a research platform for evaluating natural experiments and generating practice-based evidence in school-based prevention

Scott Leatherdale

10. School nutrition as an intervention for addressing childhood overweight and obesity

Michelle M. Vine

11. Healthy food retail interventions

Leia M. Minaker, Catherine L. Mah, Brian E. Cook

12. Transforming Local Geographies to Improve Health

Louise Potvin

About the Editors

Daniel W. Harrington is an Epidemiologist Lead at Public Health Ontario, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Sara McLafferty is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Susan J. Elliott is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

About the Series

Geographies of Health Series

Geographies of Health Series
There is growing interest in the geographies of health and a continued interest in what has more traditionally been labeled medical geography. The traditional focus of ’medical geography’ on areas such as disease ecology, health service provision and disease mapping (all of which continue to reflect a mainly quantitative approach to inquiry) has evolved to a focus on a broader, theoretically informed epistemology of health geographies in an expanded international reach. As a result, we now find this subdiscipline characterized by a strongly theoretically-informed research agenda, embracing a range of methods (quantitative; qualitative and the integration of the two) of inquiry concerned with questions of: risk; representation and meaning; inequality and power; culture and difference, among others. Health mapping and modeling, has simultaneously been strengthened by the technical advances made in multilevel modeling, advanced spatial analytic methods and GIS, while further engaging in questions related to health inequalities, population health and environmental degradation. This series publishes superior quality research monographs and edited collections representing contemporary applications in the field; this encompasses original research as well as advances in methods, techniques and theories. The Geographies of Health series will capture the interest of a broad body of scholars, within the social sciences, the health sciences and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography