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Professor analyzes how geography affects healthcare

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

uch_ucla_stethoscope_on_us_map_sRecent research shows that the area you live in could affect your healthcare benefits. Dr. Jun Luo, associate professor of geology, geography and planning at Missouri State University, is looking to explore how this issue could affect the Springfield area.

Luo recently published his article “Integrating huff model and floating catchment area method to analyze spatial access to healthcare services” in the journal Transactions in GIS.

This article explored new geographic information systems (GIS)-based accessibility models to analyze the spatial access to healthcare services in various regions. Studies are now being conducted for the Springfield area, and Luo said that the results will be helpful for future healthcare resource allocations and plans.

For more information, contact Luo at (417) 836-4273.

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