Use of geographic information systems for planning HIV prevention interventions for high-risk youths.

TitleUse of geographic information systems for planning HIV prevention interventions for high-risk youths.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGeanuracos CG, Cunningham SD, Weiss G, Forte D, Reid LMHenry, Ellen JM
JournalAm J Public Health
Volume97
Issue11
Pagination1974-81
Date Published2007 Nov
ISSN1541-0048
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Chicago, Child, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Feasibility Studies, Female, HIV Infections, Homicide, Humans, Male, Primary Prevention, Program Development, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, San Francisco, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, United States
Abstract

<p>Geographic information system (GIS) analysis is an emerging tool for public health intervention planning. Connect to Protect, a researcher-community collaboration working in 15 cities to reduce HIV infection among youths, developed GIS databases of local health, crime, and demographic data to evaluate the geographic epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk among adolescents. We describe the process and problems of data acquisition, analysis, and mapping in the development of structural interventions, demonstrating how program planners can use this technology to inform and improve planning decisions. The Connect to Protect project's experience suggests strategies for incorporating public data and GIS technology into the next generation of public health interventions.</p>

DOI10.2105/AJPH.2005.076851
Alternate JournalAm J Public Health
PubMed ID17901452
PubMed Central IDPMC2040351
Grant ListU01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD40533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States