The main focus of this monograph is synthesizing the importance of geographic approaches to public health and patient care. The chapters are organized into four themed sections: the role of geography in health care reform; the geographies of human health; geospatial data and technologies; and geography in medicine. It is a highly informative book, providing scientific insight for geographers with an interest in advanced geospatial applications and health research.
The author is an international expert in geography, GIS, and public health, who co-edited a special issue on "Geospatial Applications in Disease Surveillance," published in the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research.
"Health, Science, and Place is a well-intentioned overview of medical geography in the context of the ACA. Blatt does an excellent job synthesizing ecologic and geographic literatures with what we know about individual health, health care systems, and public health. ... this book fills a need in the field by offering a timely discussion of the ACA and medical geography."- Jennifer L. Moss, The AAG Review of Books, Vol. 4 (2), 2016
"Amy Blatt's pioneering new book on geomedicine and its exciting capacity to promote health and minimize risk is a robust call for understanding the role of geography for everyone's quality of life. In Health, Science, and Place: A New Mode, Dr. Blatt's contributions can be summarized in three categories: comprehensive analysis, creative curating, and targeted innovations... Overall, Dr. Blatt's Health, Science, and Place: A New Model is a pathbreaking book challenging all public health and health communication scholars and practitioners to explore vigorously the role of medical geography as a shining new bridge between geography and patient care."- John C. Pollock, PhD, MPA, Professor of Health Communication and Human Rights, and Faculty Affiliate in Public Health, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Part I What is the Role Of Geography in Health Care Reform?.- Chapter 1 Health Care Reform and Disease Surveillance: Making the Connection.- Chapter 2 The Importance of Geography in Disease Surveillance.- Part II Geographies of Human Health.- Chapter 3 Using Geographic Information for Disease Surveillance at Mass Gatherings.- Chapter 4 Geographical Representations of Patients and Their Health Conditions.- Chapter 5 Data Privacy and Ethical Uses of Volunteered Geographic Information.- Part III Geospatial Data And Technologies.- Chapter 6 Collaborative Mapping.- Chapter 7 Geospatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.- Part IV Geography In Medicine.- Chapter 8 Geographic Medicine.- Chapter 9.- Geospatial Medicine.- Chapter 10 A New Model.