Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health I: Health Access

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Balcony N, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Eric Delmelle, Yongmei Lu
Chairs: Eric Delmelle


Urban health refers to not only disease burdens and the related disparities in urban areas, but also health services and access to such, health behaviour and lifestyle, and the impact of health policies and practices in urban areas. Geospatial technologies include both the traditional Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies, and more importantly, the recent development in GPS and tracking/locational technologies, location-enabled online services and social media, volunteered geographic Information (VGI), and portable sensors, as well as the advances of such technologies in urban health applications with support from big data and cloud computing. Sample topics include:

Monitoring urban environment exposure and health effects by incorporating geolocated sensors

Modeling spatial and space-time accessibility to health services & food outlets in urban environment (incl. activity spaces)

Impact of the environment on physical activity and lifestyles in urban areas measured through geospatial technologies (e.g. walkability, …)

Use of social media (e.g twitter, foursquare) to understand patterns of utilization of public facilities (e.g. parks)

Impact of location-based augmented reality games (e.g. Pokemon go) in urban environment on individual health.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Markku Tykkylainen*, University of Eastern Finland, Aapeli Leminen, University of Eastern Finland, Maija Toivakka, University of Eastern Finland, Teppo Repo, University of Eastern Finland, Tiina Laatikainen, University of Eastern Finland, Efficient allocation of health care service delivery using geospatial analysis and optimization at a regional level 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Yan Lin*, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, Neng Wan, Department of Geography, University of Utah, Zachary Taraschi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, A multimodal relative spatial access assessment approach to measure spatial accessibility to primary care providers 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Julie Hernandez*, Tulane University, Using satellite imagery to improve healthcare programs coverage in Kinshasa, DRC 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Xuan Zhang*, University of Georgia, Lan Mu, University of Georgia, Jerry Shannon, University of Georgia, The evaluation of emergency response in community-based long-term care facilities in Georgia 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Sonia Trabelsi*, Universite catholique de Louvain, On the biases of “measuring green”: a comparison of four databases in Namur (Belgium) 20 9:20 AM

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