Author Archives: Built Environment and Health

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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Commandments for Variable Naming and Data Management

As we launched another multifaceted geographic data linkage study our multi-institution team, that includes researchers at Drexel University, Columbia University and the University of Washington, has developed a set of commandments to streamline and harmonize our data management, variable naming … Continue reading

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JAMA on Walking and Walkability

Following up on its two recent articles about neighborhood walkability, including an editorial co-authored by Andrew Rundle, JAMA today published a Medical News and Perspectives article entitled “As Walking Movement Grows, Neighborhood Walkability Gains Attention”.  The article notes the various … Continue reading

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Steve Mooney receives Poster Award at Epidemiology Congress of the Americas 2016

Steve Mooney, a recently minted PhD who did his doctoral work with the BEH group, won a best poster presentation award at the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas for his work on the Neighborhood Environment-Wide Association Study design. Dr. … Continue reading

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