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Friday, August 29, 2014

GIS Health News Weekly: SF Earthquake Impacts Sleep, Registries of Medically Vulnerable Citizens

Bay Area Jawbone wearer whose sleep were affected by the earthquakeFitness Trackers Identify Sleep Disruption During SF Earthquake

RE Sieber ‏@re_sieber  VGI & the quantified self: Fitness tracker UP shows spatial distribution of sleep disruptions near the earthquake
The blog post from Jawbone, maker if a fitness device shows that more people closer the epicenter were awakened.
Registries of Medically Vulnerable Citizens
The idea of keeping a list of community members who need extra help seems like a good idea. It can help track disease and aid response during disasters to be sure those individuals have transportation and access to needed medication and equipment. But, such registries are are rare says
 Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters. An article in GovTech suggests best practices are still emerging.
Magpi Data Mobile Data Collection Tool for Health Data
Magpi, a leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile data collection and communication applications, today [Aug 25] announced the release of Magpi 2.0, making it easier and more affordable to create form-based mobile apps and outgoing SMS and voice messages. Magpi (formerly DataDyne) was founded in 2003 by two experts in global health and technology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Red Cross. It’s the longest running data collection technology in international development and widely used in the global health and international development sectors.

Grant to Study Well-being of Children Exposed to Gas Drilling Impacts

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has received a new foundation grant to study the well-being of children in two states: Pennsylvania that allows natural gas drilling and New York that bans such activities.

Molly Martin, associate professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, is leading the project, supported by a $150,000 grant from The Russell Sage Foundation, a leading foundation dedicated to the improvement of social and living conditions in the U.S.  The researchers will review and analyze data from Pennsylvania and New York school districts located above the Marcellus Shale region, one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S.

The goal is to tease out other factors and determine the impact of drilling. GIS will be a key tool.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 05:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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