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Curriculum Vitae

Neighborhood Measurement using Systematic Audits and Georeferenced Data (2010)

Michael D. M. Bader and Gina S. Lovasi Presented at the New Directions in Neighborhood Research Conference, Columbia University, New York, New York.


With the growth of research investigating the role of neighborhood effects on health, there is a growing need to develop methods of measuring neighborhood exposures in a systematic and reproducible manner. This paper examines the two most common methods of obtaining independent measures of neighborhood environments, systematic neighborhood audits and georeferenced data. We discuss the advantages of each and suggest reporting standards that. These standards can guide researchers in the collection and use of neighborhood data that will, we argue, improve the rigor of neighborhood data collection methods.