Where are the Dentists in Oakcliff, TX ?

 

The map today shows the geographic location of dentists currently practicing in the Dallas, TX area. In the process of conducting our GIS research, we noticed some areas that were heavily populated with oral health services as well as areas that are likely experiencing disparities in oral health care.

To bring awareness to the current health conditions in low-income areas in South-Dallas such as Oakcliff and other communities, the Oral Health Needs Index (OHNI) made an easy-to-access, oral health focused, Geographic Information System (GIS) based tool that allows people to find services based on their environment and resources.

Identifying dental providers who accept Medicaid/Medicare and forms of dental insurance in areas of low socioeconomic status can be difficult but it also essential in tackling disparities. With OHNI, users get a clear visualization of communities with lack of services. Lack of transportation and finding participating providers is a major barrier for low-income and rural populations. Identifying these barriers and how they contribute to health disparities experienced by under-served communities is important. It allows for a better understanding of ways to combat the health disparities in disadvantaged communities.

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Environmental Indicators and Respiratory Health Trends

Respiratory Health

Over at Mappler, we created a map showing environmental indicators and trends in respiratory health such as lunch care mortality. The map also includes PM 2.5 data measuring particulate pollution. Particulate pollution especially microscopic solids or liquid droplets have been linked with serious health problems since they can get deep into the lungs and cause damage. Studies have linked particulate pollution with outcomes such as

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • nonfatal heart attacks
  • irregular heartbeat
  • aggravated asthma
  • decreased lung function
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

More data is being added to the map such as ambulatory care sensitive conditions, children in poverty and smoking data from the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Check out the map here. Interested in doing a similar project? Check out our site for more information.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Other sources: http://www.epa.gov/pm/health.html