The Spatial Health Lab carries out research related to health and place.
We use geographic information systems (GIS), remotely sensing data, and primary data collection methods to conduct spatial exposure assessments for a wide range of environmental and social factors, such as air pollution, green space, land use, walkability and community belonging. These exposure methods are used within risk assessments as well as large epidemiological studies to examine associations with health outcomes (e.g. birth outcomes, lung function, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, etc.).
Given the spatially correlated nature of environmental and social health determinants, we use a multidisciplinary framework to fully understand how place influences health. The goal of this research is to inform policies and practices to create healthy communities and individuals.