Link Round Up: May 23 – 27

Link Round Up: May 23 – 27

By William JA Pinnock

I hope everyone is ready for another Link Round up this week because I know I am! This Link Round Up is a doozy, featuring articles on geospatial data, rural Oregon physician shortage, and how racial discrimination leads to poor health outcomes for children.

A new article published in the journal CANCER found an association between “cumulative exposure to harmful environmental factors and cancer incidence in the United States.” The researchers linked the Environmental Quality Index with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End-Results Program State Cancer Profiles. The results are fascinating and provides another good reason why geospatial data is the wave of the future.

I’m a sucker for a story involving rural America, so you should have seen my face when I saw that Oregon NBC affiliate KOBI recently ran a two part story about the physician shortage in rural Oregon and the ways that towns are trying to compensate for this shortage. It’s a great look into what a physician shortage looks like and how it impacts communities. Read and watch part 1 and part 2.

I have no pithy opening for this article, so I will just post one sentence that I believe captures what is contained within the link: “UCR’s Center for Healthy Communities found that children previously exposed to racial discrimination, regardless of socioeconomic status and ethnicity, had experienced a significant decrease in overall health.” Read this sobering article here.