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Research on Potential Spatial Access to Health Services in British Columbia

March 20, 2012
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Rural Health Services Research Network of BC and Knowledge Translation to Go present a talk by Dr. Nadine Schuurman, Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University.

Date: March 21st, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:00

Where: SFU's Halpern Center, Room 114 o r connect via web conferencing or teleconference (connection information provided upon RSVP) 

Dr. Nadine Schuurman will present her recent research on Potential Spatial Access to Health Services in British Columbia. Geographic information systems/science (GIS) provides a means to understand the spatial challenges of access to rural health services. By mapping and analyzing distances and obstacles to health services using GIS, this body of research has identified both the importance of access as well as barriers. Particular attention has been paid to the role of social vulnerability in amplifying risks of poor spatial access. Access to both primary health care and specialized services are included in this overview and emphasis is placed on the importance of developing appropriate spatial methods to understand the unique challenges of delivering services in a rural context. 

For more information email irvingk@rhsmbc.ca 

Lunch provided

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