Health Disparities Research
The alleviation of health disparities constitutes a major area of research at the Charles Drew Medical Geographic Information Systems (CDMGIS) Laboratory. Gaps in the quality of health and healthcare have been identified across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. It is well documented that minority populations, such as, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos, when compared to Caucasians have higher incidences of certain diseases, higher mortality and poorer health outcomes. These differences are often rooted in environmental and territorial processes that selectively disadvantage individuals based upon where they live. Geographic Information Science Theory and Techniques must be employed to adequately research and address the influence of spatial structure on health disparities.
Current and Pending NIH Funded Research ProjectsEnvironmental Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome Related ConditionsNeighborhood Structure and Cardiovascular Disease
Completed NIH Funded Research Projects
GIS, Alcohol Marketing and Alcohol Related OutcomesAlcohol Outlets, Broken Windows, Gonorrhea, and HIV RiskMalt Beverage Use & Outcomes in a Minority Community Understanding Outcome Disparities in Alcohol TreatmentIndependent Research ProjectsIncreasing Disparities in AIDS Outcomes within a Large Metropolitan Area in the Post-HAART Era.Cumulative AIDS Cases