This issue of Global Health coincides with the 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association. This year – the year that APHA triumphantly returns to New Orleans – the theme is Healthography. Following, we take a look at some of the ways the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is researching the intersection of health and geography and how we can work towards better outcomes for all, regardless of location.
We focus on three projects that tackle very different aspects of healthography. First up, we look at how stress such as neighborhood violence early in life can have lifelong implications, something the Stress and Environment Research Collaborative on Health Disparities (SERCH) is investigating. Read more: Early-stress can impact long-term health >>
The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University wants to advance health by improving neighborhood environments in ways that make it easier to be healthy. Their research has looked at how better availability of fresh fruit and vegetables, the introduction of bike lanes, and the addition of walking paths can positively influence entire neighborhoods. Read more: The Geography of Food and Activity>>
Finally, we consider the impact of disaster on a community. The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) was launched in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to investigate the spill’s impact on mental health and women’s health, as well as to develop ways to strengthen community resources and resiliency. Read more: The Healthography of a Disaster >>
Read on to see how health can be inextricably linked to geography.