We’re undertaking an exciting project collaboration; we’re working with Selkirk’s Nursing program to use GIS for understanding local teen pregnancy rates and a believed association with low socioeconomic status.

We hope to uncover areas of higher risk (susceptibility), trends over time and whether nursing program outreach is well targeted.

At this stage in our project, we’re identifying specific tasks for ourselves, undertaking subject research and beginning data gathering.

This is one of two major projects within our Advanced GIS Applications course at Selkirk (GIS 331).  The second project will look at data for a communicable disease and socioeconomic variables across BC; we’ll undertake a statistical analysis to identify significant pockets (or not) by local health authority.  It’s also going to be a collaborative project; with our GIS stats course.

Using GIS for public health analysis is not new, but it is gaining some serious ground these days.  The origins are long ago, in fact many like to trace the beginnings of these two disciplines working together back to the 1854 Cholera outbreak in London, England.  The process of mapping health events (locations of deaths) and water sources, revealed a confirmation that one central pump was the cause of the spread of the disease.

1854 Cholera Outbreak in London, England

The benefits of program collaboration are already being realized as we’ve all noticed a strong relationship building and an understanding of one another’s discipline.

We hope to be involved in other program and project collaborative work.  Please be in touch if you have some ideas for us.