Author Archives: Built Environment and Health

Estimated ICU Beds Available to Respond to Patient Surges

In collaboration with Charles Branas in the Department of Epidemiology and colleagues from Patient Insight, the Mount Sinai Health System and MIT, we have been working to estimate the number of hospital critical care beds, including ICU beds and other … Continue reading

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At Risk Populations for Severe COVID-19, Part IV

Our geographer extraordinaire, James Quinn, built a new version of our interactive mapping tool for severe COVID-19.  The map depicts populations at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to older age or underlying health conditions, the availability of ICU beds … Continue reading

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At Risk Populations for Severe COVID-19, part III

We have continued our partnership with PolicyMap.Com and they created us an interactive mapping widget that shows the data on populations at risk of severe COVID-19.  The at risk populations we mapped are: the number of people 65 years and … Continue reading

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At Risk Populations for Severe COVID-19, part II

We have continued to work with Policymap.com‘s excellent data portal tool to map populations at risk of severe COVID-19.  Our prior post is here.  The map below shows Counties in purple with high numbers of adults 65 years or older … Continue reading

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At Risk Populations for Severe COVID-19

Like the vast majority of the world, we have been obsessing over the COVID-19 pandemic.  Given that certain populations are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease we have been wondering where the at risk populations are in the U.S.  To … Continue reading

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Measuring Neighborhood Walkability across Communities in the U.S. Over the Past Three Decades

The evidence on links between neighborhood walkability and physical activity and body mass index remains limited because there have been few longitudinal studies with repeated measures of neighborhood walkability and health behavior and outcomes.  While large cohort studies with long-term … Continue reading

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How did the unhealthy food environment evolve in New York City?

BEH collaborator Nico Berger and BEH member Gina Lovasi recently led a study on changes in the unhealthy retail food environment in New York City. The study found that the number of food outlets selling calorie-dense foods such as pizza … Continue reading

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National Geographic Cities Issue

Just a quick note:  The April 2019 issue of National Geographic focuses on Cities and how to redesign them to support health, sustainability and community.  The issue covers transit oriented design, China’s new urban design regulations, walking through Tokyo, the … Continue reading

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How Do Gym Location and Membership Interact to Impact Physical Activity?

We recently published a paper in the Journal of Urban Health, led by BEH alum Tanya Kaufman and frequent BEH collaborator Jana A. Hirsch, which found that individuals living near more commercial physical activity facilities (e.g. health club, tennis club, … Continue reading

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Teaching Epidemiology From High School Through Graduate School

BEH alumni, James Stark, recently published a paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology, “Teaching on the Continuum: Epidemiology Education From High School Through Graduate School“. This is the second in his planned trilogy of papers on epidemiology education. In … Continue reading

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