Category Archives: Social Environments

COVID-19 testing, case, and death rates and spatial socio-demographics in New York City

Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit members, Byoungjun Kim, Andrew Rundle, Christopher Morrison, Charles Branas, and Dustin Duncan recently published research regarding neighborhood-level social and built environments as potential determinants of COVID-19 testing, case, and death rates in New York City. There is emerging … Continue reading

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“I’m Not a Freshi”: Culture Shock, Puberty and Growing Up as British-Bangladeshi Girls

Most people wish to banish the awkwardness and confusion of puberty from their memories, but for Lauren Houghton, puberty has been the focus of her research for more than a decade. Fascinated by the opportunity it presented for biosocial inquiry, … Continue reading

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Moving through the City: Understanding the neighborhoods transgender women live and socialize in.

Geospatial research can help scientists and public health officials better understand a diverse range of health risks and outcomes. In their recent paper published in Geospatial Health, however, Columbia’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab (led by Dustin Duncan) points out that the … Continue reading

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Child Marriage and Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Bangladesh

Child marriage (before age 18) is a risk factor for intimate partner violence (IPV) against women, however it is unclear whether the protective effect of marriage after age 18 is modified by local norms around age of marriage.   In … Continue reading

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Steve Mooney receives Poster Award at Epidemiology Congress of the Americas 2016

Steve Mooney, one of our recently minted PhD’s, won a best poster presentation award at the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas for his work on the “Neighborhood Environment-Wide Association Study” design. New spatial tools and the expanding availability of … Continue reading

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Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Convening

Dr. Suglia recently attended the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Convening, where she presented her work on the neighborhood social environment and obesity prevention. To effectively prevent obesity in the US, this work proposes that rather than continue … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Social Environment Contributions to Supporting Walking

JAMA just published an editorial co-written by Cluster faculty member, Andrew Rundle, entitled “Can Walkable Urban Design Play a Role in Reducing the Incidence of Obesity-Related Conditions?”.  The editorial provides a perspective on a study published in JAMA by Creatore … Continue reading

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13th Place and Health Conference

Gina Lovasi presented recent urban health work at the “Evidence for Action in Policy and Programs for Urban Health” plenary session of Place and Health, the 13th International Conference on Urban Health in San Francisco.  Gina described two community health … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Physical Disorder Maps

The Journal of Maps recently published an article co-authored by Andrew Rundle, Gina Lovasi and Stephen Mooney and others, showing a high resolution map of neighborhood physical disorder in New York City. Physical disorder – the deterioration of urban spaces … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Social Environment and Obesity

Numerous studies have examined the relation between features of the neighborhood built environment and obesity related behaviors or obesity itself, to the extent that Healthy People 2020 includes goals for neighborhood built environment interventions to support physical activity. The neighborhood … Continue reading

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