Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping

Theodore B. Lefer, Matthew R. Anderson, Alice Fornari, Anastasia Lambert, Jason Fletcher, Maria Baquero

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Abstract

Maps are used to track diseases and illustrate the social context of health problems. However, commercial mapping software requires special training. This article illustrates how nonspecialists used Google Earth™, a free program, to create community maps. The Bronx, New York, is characterized by high levels of obesity and diabetes. Residents and medical students measured the variety and quality of food and exercise sources around a residency training clinic and a student-run free clinic, using Google Earth to create maps with minimal assistance. Locations were identified using street addresses or simply by pointing to them on a map. Maps can be shared via e-mail, viewed online with Google Earth or Google Maps, and the data can be incorporated into other mapping software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-480
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health Reports
Volume123
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008

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Food Quality
Postal Service
Internship and Residency
Medical Students
Obesity
Exercise
Health
Student Run Clinic

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Lefer, T. B., Anderson, M. R., Fornari, A., Lambert, A., Fletcher, J., & Baquero, M. (2008). Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping. Public Health Reports, 123(4), 474-480.

Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping. / Lefer, Theodore B.; Anderson, Matthew R.; Fornari, Alice; Lambert, Anastasia; Fletcher, Jason; Baquero, Maria.

In: Public Health Reports, Vol. 123, No. 4, 07.2008, p. 474-480.

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Lefer, TB, Anderson, MR, Fornari, A, Lambert, A, Fletcher, J & Baquero, M 2008, 'Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping', Public Health Reports, vol. 123, no. 4, pp. 474-480.
Lefer TB, Anderson MR, Fornari A, Lambert A, Fletcher J, Baquero M. Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping. Public Health Reports. 2008 Jul;123(4):474-480.
Lefer, Theodore B. ; Anderson, Matthew R. ; Fornari, Alice ; Lambert, Anastasia ; Fletcher, Jason ; Baquero, Maria. / Using google earth as an innovative tool for community mapping. In: Public Health Reports. 2008 ; Vol. 123, No. 4. pp. 474-480.
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