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Urban Design to Support Walking and Health

JAMA just published an editorial co-written by, Andrew Rundle, entitled “Can Walkable Urban Design Play a Role in Reducing the Incidence of Obesity-Related Conditions?”.  The editorial provides a perspective on a study published in JAMA by Creatore et al., that … Continue reading

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Maintaining Human Subject’s Protections in Neighborhood Health Effects Research

We recently published a commentary in the American Journal of Public Health describing the concerns we have for protecting study subject anonymity with the use of online geographic and data tools in neighborhood health effects research.  Examples of neighborhood data available … Continue reading

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Maps of Neighborhood Physical Disorder

The Journal of Maps recently published our article showing a high resolution map of neighborhood physical disorder in New York City. Physical disorder – the deterioration of urban spaces owing to social forces favoring neglect and abandonment – has long been … Continue reading

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Our Pedestrian Injury Research gets Further Coverage.

The Mailman School blog reached out to Steve Mooney to discuss our research on pedestrian injuries.  The post shows a series of Street Views of the key features that were associated with injuries.  The article is Here. And an article … Continue reading

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Tree Canopy Data for the Entire State of Pennsylvania

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne at the University of Vermont just announced the release of a statewide, high-resolution tree canopy dataset for Pennsylvania.  The resolution of the data is 1 m which makes it 900 times more detailed than the National Land Cover … Continue reading

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NE-WAS: Welcoming Big Data to the Neighborhood

Like most researchers investigating neighborhood determinants of health, we are excited that both government and the private sector are making more and more spatially located data available. But even as new data sources allow us to characterize study subjects’ environments … Continue reading

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CANVAS featured on NEXTCITY.org

The Science of Cities blog over at NEXTCITY.org featured the CANVAS system and our work developing methods to conduct virtual neighborhood audits. In the article NEXYCITY.org’s Henry Grabar describes his experience using CANVAS to collect neighborhood audit data on four … Continue reading

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BEH selected as charter members of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium

Today the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), named Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as charter members of the AIA Design … Continue reading

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Latino USA on NPR covers our work on Hispanic immigrant women’s perspective on healthy foods

Latino USA, which is broadcast on NPR, did a story about our research findings on Hispanic immigrant women’s perspectives on healthy food and local neighborhood food access.  Our research used in-depth, hour long interviews to gather data on these women’s … Continue reading

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There Goes the Neighborhood Effect: measurement error in the construction of neighborhood contextual measures

A lot of us in the neighborhood health effects field create or use neighborhood contextual measures that are aggregations of population data from the Census or other large social surveys. For instance, common measures of neighborhood level socio-economic status, such … Continue reading

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