Determining Spatial Influences to the Distribution of Breast Cancer Patients in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Authors: Michael Hansen*, Saginaw Valley State University, Andrew J Miller, Saginaw Valley State University, Victor Hosfeld, MidMichigan Health
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: GIS, Medical Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In collaboration with MidMichigan Health of Midland, MI, this collaborative, community-engaged partnership sought to develop greater understanding of the spatial dimensions considered to be an obstacle to treatment for the region’s breast cancer patients. Using both time to treatment and cancer stage at the time of diagnosis as separate dependent variables, it was determined that barriers to care were dependent upon many different variables unique to different subsets of populations within the MidMichigan Health service catchment areas. This was largely due to pockets of socio-economic enclaves, community-economic development, and access to care which skewed the results throughout the service areas. When these populations were accounted for in different models, it was discovered that the barriers to care were specific to each of the three different groups – Greater City of Midland, Midland County, and the entirety of the rest of the MMH service area – which required separate plans for improving access to care for breast cancer patients.

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