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Mexican American Neighborhoods and Health

Project:

Mexican American Neighborhoods and Health

Team:

Dr. Jeff Wilson, UTB Dept. of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Joe McCormick, UTHSC School of Public Health – Brownsville
Dr. Sue Fisher-Hoch, UTHSC School of Public Health – Brownsville
Dr. Belinda Reininger, UTHSC School of Public Health–Brownsville
Dr. Jennifer Gay, UTHSC School of Public Health–Brownsville
Dr. Jamie Pearce, University of Edinburgh; Scotland

Description:

The obesity epidemic and associated health effects are recognized as one of the most serious and prevalent public health concerns in the United States. Recent work in Brownsville indicates that obesity prevalence for Mexican Americans may be substantially underestimated at the national level. Approximately 50% of Brownsville's population are obese and another 30% are overweight.

It is now recognized that the neighborhood in which one resides is linked to various health outcomes, including obesity and diabetes. This project aims to investigate the effects of neighborhood factors utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial statistics. These factors include access to fresh fruits and vegetables, access to places to be active such as parks, and safety factors within neighborhoods.

Publications:

Fisher-Hoch, Susan, A.R. Rentfro, J.J. Salinas, A. Perez, H.S. Brown, B.M. Reininger, B.I. Restrapo, J. Gaines Wilson, M.M. Hossain, M.H. Rahbar, C.M. Hanis, J.B. McCormick. 2009 (in press). Socioeconomic status and prevalence of obesity and diabetes in a Mexican American community, Cameron County, Texas. Preventing Chronic Diseases.

Contact:

Dr. Jeff Wilson

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