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Updated Scatterplots Highlight Link Between Income and COVID-19 Rates in North American Cities

Updated Scatterplots Highlight Link Between Income and COVID-19 Rates in North American Cities

Over the past few weeks, lab members Camille Clement and Clara Kaufmann gathered data and created scatterplots comparing household income and rates of COVID-19 cases for a large number of cities across Canada and the United States, including Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, 

New Scatterplots Graph COVID-19 Against Income in Montreal and Other Cities

New Scatterplots Graph COVID-19 Against Income in Montreal and Other Cities

It has been an interesting few months for the Geo-Social Determinants of Health Research Group. While we have all been working from home, we have managed to stay plenty busy with research! Along with advancing our work on Canadian active living environments and neighbourhood food 

Dr. Kelly Ann Renwick Publishes Timely Article on Influence of Social Support and Living Alone on Aging Canadians

Dr. Kelly Ann Renwick Publishes Timely Article on Influence of Social Support and Living Alone on Aging Canadians

Dr. Kelly Ann Renwick, a former member of the GeoSDH lab and current lecturer at Appalachian State University, recently published the results of a well-timed study examining the influence of living alone, low social support, and a weak sense of belonging on premature mortality among 

On hold: Participant recruitment for study on relationship between suburban neighborhood environments and physical activity in older adults

On hold: Participant recruitment for study on relationship between suburban neighborhood environments and physical activity in older adults

In view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all participant recruitment for the study described below has been postponed. We will continue to monitor the situation and will post an update here when we know more about when recruitment may be able to begin. *** In 

Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood Represents GeoSDH Group at Active Living Research Conference

Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood Represents GeoSDH Group at Active Living Research Conference

PhD candidate Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood traveled to Orlando, FL earlier this month to participate in the 2020 Active Living Conference. Representing the GeoSDH team, she met and connected with other top researchers and decision makers and presented on her own work, which examines the links between micro-scale walkability and walking 

Returned and Energized from the CRDCN Conference!

Returned and Energized from the CRDCN Conference!

It was a pleasure for Geo-SDH Group members Clara Kaufmann, Andrew Stevenson and Thomas Herrmann to travel to Halifax for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRCDN) conference and meet with several fellow users of RDC data. Canada’s rich investment in administrative datasets is a 

Listen To Our Segment on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak

Listen To Our Segment on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak

On July 16, 2019, Geo-SDH group member Thomas Herrmann sat down with CBC Montreal’s Ainslee MacLellan to discuss our research group’s pan-Canadian, freely available measure of active living environments (Can-ALE) and the implications of the research for the Montreal area. We discussed how the measure 

A Brief Look at Montreal’s Active Living Environment

A Brief Look at Montreal’s Active Living Environment

The Canadian Active Living Environments Measure (‘Can-ALE’) is Canada’s first freely accessible measure of the favourability of active living environments, or ‘walkability’. The dataset contains several measures of the active living friendliness of Canadian neighbourhoods – structural support for walking, cycling, public transport and other 

Group Members Travel to Queenstown, New Zealand for IMGS 2019

Group Members Travel to Queenstown, New Zealand for IMGS 2019

In early July, Geo-SDH researchers Sarah Mah, Clara Kaufmann, and Andrew Stevenson traveled to New Zealand to present their research at the 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). Sarah’s presentation showcased her work on a forthcoming international study examining physical activity patterns and active living environments using survey data 

Geo-SDH members present research at 2019 Active Living Conference

Geo-SDH members present research at 2019 Active Living Conference

Group members Thomas Herrmann and William Gleckner each presented recent work at the Active Living Research Conference in Charleston, South Carolina this past week. Thomas presented work titled ‘Meeting Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity Automatically’ where he explored the nuances of the built environment-physical activity relationship in 

Geo-SDH Group Awarded CIHR Funding for Research on Long-term Chronic Disease and Premature Mortality Risk

Geo-SDH Group Awarded CIHR Funding for Research on Long-term Chronic Disease and Premature Mortality Risk

Earlier today, the Geo-SDH Group was pleased to learn that it has been awarded funding for “Neighbourhood Active Living Environments, Physical Activity, and Long-term Risk for Chronic Disease and Mortality.” Dr. Nancy Ross is joined by Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and 

New Article Published on ‘Heat Penalty’ of Walkable Neighbourhoods

New Article Published on ‘Heat Penalty’ of Walkable Neighbourhoods

Recent undergraduate honours student and alumna of the GeoSDH Group Grace O’Brien recently published in the International Journal of Biometerology on the ‘heat penalty’ associated with walkable neighbourhoods. On a summer day in 2016, Ms. O’Brien and Professors Ian Strachan and Nancy Ross used a 

Group Member Thomas Herrmann Presents at the Urban Transitions Conference

Group Member Thomas Herrmann Presents at the Urban Transitions Conference

Last week, group member Thomas Herrmann presented our recent work on using the Canadian Community Health Survey and Can-ALE to better understand the built environment-physical activity relationship in Canada at the Urban Transitions Conference in Sitges, a coastal community south of Barcelona.  The conference brought 

Dr. Ross Presents at Trottier Institute of Science and Public Policy Symposium

Dr. Ross Presents at Trottier Institute of Science and Public Policy Symposium

This Monday, the Geo-SDH Group was in attendance at the annual Trottier Institute of Science and Public Policy Symposium, where Dr. Nancy Ross spoke about the Geo-SDH Group’s policy-relevant research of active living environments. Dr. Ross addressed the question “Does the neighbourhood you live in get 

Recap from “Urban Sustainability and Population Health: Turning Data into Insights” Meeting

Recap from “Urban Sustainability and Population Health: Turning Data into Insights” Meeting

On Friday, November 26, the GeoSDH Group was very pleased to host approximately 40 professors, students, and academic staff for “Urban Sustainability and Population Health: Turning Data into Insights”. The meeting brought people together from several disciplines—including epidemiology, computer science, geography, human kinetics, sociology—and five 

Sarah Mah Awarded Jack Tu Student Prize – Honourable Mention at IPDLN Conference

Sarah Mah Awarded Jack Tu Student Prize – Honourable Mention at IPDLN Conference

Geo-SDH group member and PhD Candidate Sarah Mah has recently returned from a productive visit to Banff, where she presented her research at the 2018 International Population Data Linkage Conference. Sarah presented her Canadian evidence on “Neighbourhood built environments as correlates of hospital burden and 

Annual Group Barbecue a Great End to Summer and Beginning of Semester!

Annual Group Barbecue a Great End to Summer and Beginning of Semester!

Members of the GeoSDH Group are officially back together for the semester and celebrated with a group barbecue this weekend! We were happy to reflect on our productive summer, including important progress on international comparative data linkage research in Australia, submission of our first manuscript 

Canadian Active Living Environments (Can-ALE) Dataset Now Available for Download

Canadian Active Living Environments (Can-ALE) Dataset Now Available for Download

The GeoSDH Research Group is happy to share the Canadian Active Living Environments (Can-ALE) dataset with members of the Canadian research and policy community. The dataset is the first national-level set of measures characterizing the active living environments (or ‘walkability’) of Canadian communities derived entirely 

Come Work With Us: New Postdoctoral Opportunity for Research on Urban Sustainable Neighbourhoods

Come Work With Us: New Postdoctoral Opportunity for Research on Urban Sustainable Neighbourhoods

A new post-doctoral position is being offered with the McGill Sustainability Sciences Initiative! “We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to help develop a research project on urban sustainable neighbourhoods across Canada and to create online surveys to comprehend consumption and mobility patterns of residents of 

New research on childbirth related hospital burden

New research on childbirth related hospital burden

‘Childbirth-Related Hospital Burden by Socioeconomic Status in a Universal Health Care Setting’ a work coauthored in part by doctoral student Sarah Mah and Dr. Nancy Ross, was published this week in the International Journal of Population Data Science. Among the key findings: Canadian women with 

GeoSDH Group Returns from Active Living Research Conference

GeoSDH Group Returns from Active Living Research Conference

Several members of the McGill Geo-SDH Research Group recently returned from Banff, AB, where they participated in and presented research at the Active Living Research conference. Prof. Nancy Ross presented on a body of work on “Active Living Environments, Health-Related Behaviour, and Cardiometabolic Health of 

Joint Meeting With Place, Health and Well-Being Research Group a Success!

Joint Meeting With Place, Health and Well-Being Research Group a Success!

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, our research group joined the Place, Health and Well-being Research Group for a joint lab meeting. The goal of the meeting was to exchange mutual research interests, increase awareness skill sets held by individuals in our two groups, and discuss 

Professor Nancy Ross Speaks at Symposium on Science and Public Policy

Professor Nancy Ross Speaks at Symposium on Science and Public Policy

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Professor Nancy Ross delivered a speech at the Symposium on Science and Public Policy, hosted by the Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy. The talk, titled “Neighbourhood Active Living  Environments Get Under the Skin – A Policy Window for the 

New Paper: Steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and cardio-metabolic profiles

New Paper: Steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and cardio-metabolic profiles

Congrats to Samantha Hajna, Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta, and Dr. Nancy A. Ross for publishing their article Steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and cardiometabolic profiles in Preventative Medicine. In their new paper, Hajna, Dasgupta, and Ross find that more optimal indicators of cardiometabolic health (e.g., lower BMI, lower 

Researchers on Ice: Updates from Group Curling

Researchers on Ice: Updates from Group Curling

Last Saturday (November 4), the research group got together over the weekend to enjoy some group bonding and early winter festivity the Baie d’Urfé Curling Club. Fortunately, no one the group wiped out, and group members Rania Wasfi and William Gleckner even learned of their 

Madeleine Pawlowski Receives SSHRC Scholarship

Madeleine Pawlowski Receives SSHRC Scholarship

Congratulations to our master’s student, Madeleine Pawlowski, on being awarded a prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program Master’s Scholarship from the Social Sciences of Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)! The CGS Master’s Scholarships are one-year scholarships which aim to train Canada’s researchers 

Sarah Mah and Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood Awarded FRSQ Funds

Sarah Mah and Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood Awarded FRSQ Funds

Congratulations to our two PhD students–Sarah Mah and Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood–who were both awarded funding from the Fonds de Recherche Santé Québec (FRSQ). This three-year doctoral funding will support our Group’s research in health and walkability in Canada. You can read more about Sarah’s research on international 

Update from International Medical Geography Symposium

Update from International Medical Geography Symposium

Group members Nancy Ross and Sarah Mah attended the International Medical Geography Symposium in July 2017 in Angers, France. The theme of the conference centered on “Practicing Health and Medical Geography,” and was attended by 200 researchers. Sarah presented her research on neighbourhood walkability and