What constitutes health promoting neighborhoods and communities remained largely unknown, despite the resurgence of research in this area over the last decade.

Determining the specific amenable characteristics of neighborhoods and communities that influence individual health-related behaviours and health outcomes is central to informing population health policy.  Our research focuses on creating methods to improve measurements of neighborhood and community contextual conditions, understanding the pathways and interactions with other environmental and individual exposures, and examining associations with a wide-variety of health outcomes.


Representative Publications

  • Hystad, P., Carpiano, R., Demers, P., Brauer, M. (2013) Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Personal Lung Cancer Risk: Evaluating Long-Term Exposure Measures and Mediating Mechanisms. Social Science and Medicine. 97: 95-103. PMID: 24161094
  • Carpiano, R., Hystad, P. (2011). "Sense of Community Belonging" in Health Surveys: What Social Capital is it Measuring? Health and Place. 17(2), 606-617. PMID: 21296607
  • Hystad, P., Carpiano, R. (2010). Sense of Community Belonging and Health Behavior Change in Canada. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 66(3), 277-283. PMID: 20947874