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How does where we live affect our health?
Much has been learned in the past about geographical influences on health through mapping the spread of diseases, access to care, and the treatment and prevention of illness. Coming more fully to terms with the impacts of location on human health, however, requires documenting, modeling, and predicting human health outcomes at individual- to population-level scales, while accounting for:
Human mobility (e.g., daily, weekly, seasonal, life course)
Socioeconomic circumstance (e.g., income status, age, education, gender)
Time course of disease (e.g., cancer latency, induction period)
Genetics (e.g., determinants of predisposition to disease)
Addressing some of the major health challenges of the 21st century requires developing increasingly sophisticated theories, methods, visualizations, and tools that can help account for the intersecting impacts of these six variables in different locations (NRC 2010, p.67).