Author Archives: Built Environment and Health

Launching the Interactive-Pedestrian Injury Mapper (I-PIM)

In 2015 in the U.S. 5,376 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 were injured. The Built Environment and Health Research Group has just launched the Interactive-Pedestrian Injury Mapper (I-PIM) website (HERE), to crowd source the collection of data on locations where … Continue reading

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How and where patterns of activity among older adults change over time

At BEH, we’re interested in how your residential neighborhood affects how physically active you are. But we’ve come to understand that being active as not just one thing and not merely a matter of expending calories. That is, walking is … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Conditions Influence the Ability of Diabetics to Control Their Blood Sugar

In collaboration with researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene we recently published an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology showing that diabetics living in neighborhoods with more advantaged economic environments, greater walkability and … Continue reading

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Teaching Epidemiology to Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate programs in public health are proliferating (and see here), and increasing numbers of undergraduate students are receiving training in epidemiology.  James Stark, a BEH alum and now a Director of Epidemiology at Pfizer and Adjunct Professor at NYU’s College of … Continue reading

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The Built Environment and Health Research Group is looking for Post-Docs.

We are looking for candidates to fill a post-doctoral researcher position at the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. The post-doc position will be at Columbia University, but we are a multi-disciplinary team of faculty … Continue reading

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When geographic proximity and access to medical services is not enough

Although many health determinants are outside of the health care sector, quality health care is crucial to population health.  Recently, we included a look at perceptions of local health care as part of a community needs assessment (https://beh.columbia.edu/community-needs-assessment/) in Rio … Continue reading

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Man on the Street or Google Street View to Measure Neighborhood Physical Disorder

We’ve done a lot with Street View at the BEH, and we think the CANVAS application we developed to help teams do reliable and efficient virtual audits works pretty well.  But we never really knew what we might be missing … Continue reading

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Webinar Online – Urban Informatics: Studying How Urban Design Influences Health in New York City

Dr. Rundle’s March 2nd webinar for the ISBNPA webinar has been posted online at ISBNPA’s web site (Here and embedded below). His talk covered different approaches to assessing neighborhood walkability and the link between urban design and resident’s physical activity using New York City … Continue reading

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Webinar – Urban Informatics: Studying How Urban Design Influences Health in New York City

On Thursday March 2nd at 3pm EST, Dr. Rundle will give a webinar entitled “Urban Informatics: Studying How Urban Design Influences Health in New York City” for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. You can register for … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Physical Disorder and Physical Activity Among Older Adults in NYC

Through the years, we have done a fair amount of work to collect and validate measures of neighborhood physical disorder – urban deterioration – using our CANVAS/Google Street View system. Neighborhood disorder is controversial construct and measure, not only because … Continue reading

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