Our Projects

In our own research, our central focus has been using geography to understand the spatial patterns of health and health behaviors. Here, we highlight some of the projects that we currently pursuing.

Local Measures of Population Health

 

New York City Health Atlas

Using big data in the form of large administrative claims databases, we are developing novel geographic methods to measure disease burden at a local, highly granular level. These methods have the power to transform the way we measure population health in that with large samples we can identify local communities that are hotspots of disease.

 

With several partners, we are working on developing a comprehensive health atlas of New York City. By merging geographically specific data from multiple sources, we believe that this resource will help arm academic researchers and public health institutions with the data they need to target areas where health outcomes are particularly poor.

Using GPS to Track Health Behaviors

 

Real-Time Geographic Analysis for Disasters

We are currently performing several study of global positioning system (GPS) devices to track the geography of health behaviors. By adding this technology to our patient-level studies, we are able to gain a wealth of spatial data to put the health behaviors of study participants in an understandable geographic context.

 

Using real-time geographic analysis, we are developing novel methods to deliver concrete information to those responding to time-sensitive critical situations. Current applications include analyzing spatial data obtained in real-time after a disaster to help those involved in disaster management to optimize disaster preparedness and response.