Presented by Dr. Erik Nelson, Indiana University Bloomington, as part of GIS Day @ IU 2020.
Lead is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that causes numerous adverse health effects in children, particularly neurological and neurobehavioral deficits, lower IQ, slowed growth, and anemia. Childhood lead exposure has also been linked to impulsive behaviors, which, in turn, are associated with a host of negative health outcomes and behaviors. Those at highest risk for elevated blood lead levels are persons living in substandard housing, which are often inhabited by racial minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged persons. This talk will discuss findings of the interplay of lead, concentrated disadvantage and public health outcomes such as sexually transmitted infections and instances of crime. In addition, we will address the power of geospatial modeling techniques to estimate lead exposure risk for communities.
This presentation was part of GIS Day @ IU in November 2020, and was co-sponsored by the IU Libraries (and its sub-unit, Government Information, Maps and Microform Services), the IU School of Public Health, the IU Cultural Studies Program, the IU Media School, and the IU Department of Information and Library Services.