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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Mapping School Suspensions in the U.S.

Suspensions and expulsions significantly impact students’ progress in school; they prevent students from receiving an education because they keep students out of the classroom. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education held a conference for educators across the country to rethink methods of discipline that don’t involve suspension or expulsion. At this conference, alternative methods for disciplining students were introduced, including a School Climate and Discipline Guide Package that focused on protecting the civil rights of students and using non-exclusionary forms of discipline.

Below are two maps provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The first map illustrates the percentage of students with disabilities who received out of school suspensions (OSS) and the second map illustrates the percentage of all students who received OSS across the country.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s web page here to learn more about this initiative.

IDEA Suspensions

Source: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/educators-gather-white-house-rethink-school-discipline

Total SuspensionsSource: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/educators-gather-white-house-rethink-school-discipline

Active NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Sites – 2017

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The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a program that supports registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and nurse faculty by paying up to 85%  of their student dept. Check out this heat density map which shows the number of active NURSE Corps Loan Repayment sites as of 2017. Nurses that work at these sites are eligible to have some of their student loans forgiven. From the map we can see some highly concentrated areas in the Northeastern states.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Data Warehouse. Accessed on 10/11/2017 https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/DataPortalResults.aspx

Active Rural Status NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Sites – 2017

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Rural Health Facility Locations

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a program that supports registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their student dept. Check out this heat density map which shows the number of active rural status NURSE Corps Loan Repayment sites as of 2017. The map shows locations in rural communities and nurses that work at these sites are eligible to have some of their student loans forgiven.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Data Warehouse. Accessed on 10/11/2017 https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/DataPortalResults.aspx

By Julia Watson

Opioid Epidemic Pushes Florida Medical Schools To Change Curriculum

The opioid epidemic is not secret and has been the talk of public health and any health advocates have been trying to find ways to combat the epidemic. A group of nine Florida medical schools in particular are coming together to develop a common curriculum focused on pain and opioid prescriptions for medical students. For more information click here.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/94422092-132.html

By Julia Watson 

Age-Adjusted Narcotic Poisoning Mortality Rate by County (1999 – 2015)

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Check out this map that depicts the age-adjusted narcotic poisoning mortality rate by county from 1999 to 2015. From the map we can see high rates of narcotic mortality in about every region of the U.S. As a result, narcotic poisoning and the deaths that ensue are an issue for all of us to think deeply about.

By Julia Watson

The Transformation From Skin Cells to Brain Cells

In the US approximately 5.1 million people have Alzheimer’s disease [1] and usually research involving the disease is done on animals. However, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have developed a new technique allowing them to transform human skin cells into stem cells and programing them into microglial cells. This new technique will allow researchers to use human cells instead of animal cells. Microglial cells play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease so this new method will allow researchers to have a better understand of the biology behind the disease.

Check out the article here.
By Julia Watson