Spatial Analysis of Housing Affordability, Health Issues, and Health Care Accessibility in Colorado

Authors: Jieun Lee*, University of Northern Colorado, Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability, Ivan Jorge Ramirez, University of Colorado-Denver, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Social determinants of health, housing affordability, GIS, accessiblity
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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A burgeoning area of cross systems research focuses on the social determinants of health (SDoH): “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” Despite a known relationship between housing and physical/mental health and the importance of health care accessibility, the geographic context of this link is less explored. Using statewide data at the census-tract level, this study employs Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and multivariate analysis to investigate the spatial relationships between mental health (defined as suicide mortality, alcohol consumption, and substance overdose) and other chronic conditions as compared to availability of affordable housing and medical/mental health care accessibility. In this poster we present and discuss preliminary results, mainly a series of maps that can assist the state and other governmental partners to more effectively implement affordable housing and health care accessibility strategies that better address disparities in SDoH.

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