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Place and Health as Complex Systems

A Case Study and Empirical Test

  • Brian Castellani
  • Rajeev Rajaram
  • J. Galen Buckwalter
  • Michael Ball
  • Frederic Hafferty

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 1-9
  3. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 11-13
  4. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 15-26
  5. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 27-34
  6. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 35-37
  7. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 39-45
  8. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 47-49
  9. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 51-54
  10. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 55-57
  11. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 59-61
  12. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 63-65
  13. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 67-68
  14. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 69-74
  15. Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter, Michael Ball, Frederic Hafferty
    Pages 75-76
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 77-82

About this book

Introduction

The history of public health has focused on direct relationships between problems and solutions: vaccinations against diseases, ad campaigns targeting risky behaviors. But the accelerating pace and mounting intricacies of our lives are challenging the field to find new scientific methods for studying community health. The complexities of place (COP) approach is emerging as one such promising method.

 

Place and Health as Complex Systems demonstrates how COP works, making an empirical case for its use in for designing and implementing interventions. This brief resource reviews the defining characteristics of places as dynamic and evolving social systems, rigorously testing them as well as the COP approach itself. The study, of twenty communities within one county in the Midwest, combines case-based methods and complexity science to determine whether COP improves upon traditional statistical methods of public health research. Its conclusions reveal strengths and limitations of the approach, immediate possibilities for its use, and challenges regarding future research. Included in the coverage:

 

  • Characteristics of places and the complexities of place approach.
  • The Definitional Test of Complex Systems.
  • Case-based modeling using the SACS toolkit.
  • Methods, maps, and measures used in the study.
  • Places as nodes within larger networks.
  • Places as power-based conflicted negotiations.

 

Place and Health as Complex Systems brings COP into greater prominence in public health research, and is also valuable to researchers in related fields such as demography, health geography, community health, urban planning, and epidemiology.

 

Keywords

case-based modeling and health complexity and public health health geography modeling complex systems and health place and health social network analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Castellani
    • 1
  • Rajeev Rajaram
    • 2
  • J. Galen Buckwalter
    • 3
  • Michael Ball
    • 4
  • Frederic Hafferty
    • 5
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityAshtabulaUSA
  2. 2.Kent State UniversityAshtabulaUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Creative TechnologiesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPlaya VistaUSA
  4. 4.Kent State UniversityAshtabulaUSA
  5. 5.Program in Professionalism and EthicsMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09734-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09733-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09734-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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