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Public Health
  It is clear that place is a strong determinant of health.1 However, it is not clear how to measure the impact of place on health nor the specific community characteristics that contribute to poor health outcomes. Recent advances in geographic information systems (GIS), including the creation of service area maps, are working toward a...
  The 2022 American Public Health Association National Public Health Week is April 4-10. This year’s theme, “Public health is where you are,” is apt for the team here at HealthLandscape. Most of us never considered public health when we went to college or made career plans. Some of us are sociologists. Some are geographers....
The origins of National Doctors Day, the day we honor and celebrate our physicians, might surprise you! National Doctors Day, celebrated on March 30 each year, marks the date “country doctor” Crawford Long, a physician and pharmacist from rural Georgia, first successfully anesthetized a patient with ether in 1842. However, the wife of another country...
Map showing screening rates by HHS region
  A recent White House press release describes President Biden’s efforts to reignite Cancer Moonshot, a campaign he launched in 2016 as Vice President. This program invested almost $2 billion in cancer research with a goal to reduce cancer death rates by more than 50% over 25 years. The reignition of Cancer Moonshot is partly...
  Despite the fact that nearly two-thirds of the total U.S. population have been fully vaccinated (two doses) against COVID-19, these numbers are much lower in specific parts of the U.S. For example, according to the New York Times, only 50% of Alabamians and Wyomingites are vaccinated, along with 51% of Mississippians and 52% of...
Research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened gaps in health equity across the U.S. A national survey by the Morehouse School of Medicine shows that decreases in access to care have contributed to increases in health disparities for the most vulnerable populations. The survey found that 50% of all respondents delayed or completely went...
HealthLandscape has developed a set of online mapping tools (Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19) to help states and metropolitan areas identify high risk populations for severe illness from COVID-19. The tools are based on the number of COVID-19 cases by county and factors that may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-191, including...
Background In the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, family physicians are concerned about their ability to keep practices open despite stay-at-home orders issued by governors, patient concerns about visiting doctors’ offices, limited access to personal protective equipment, and potentially being reassigned to hospital-based care. These and other factors may lead to drastic reductions in practice...
Today, half the world’s population cannot access essential health services. Millions of women give birth without help from a skilled attendant; millions of children miss out on vaccinations against killer diseases, and millions suffer and die because they can’t get treatment for HIV, TB, and malaria. In 2019, this is simply unacceptable. Statement by WHO...
In 1796, the first vaccine was administered to protect the populace against smallpox. Since then, researchers and scientists have developed and tested a multitude of vaccines against diseases such as cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis, polio, measles, Lyme disease, and hepatitis A. These preventive measures are a way of cutting down the risk of contracting fatal...
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