Date: April 3, 2008
Creator: Beatty, Justin & Oppong, Joseph R.
Description: This poster discusses research on tuberculosis. Throughout the United States, tuberculosis has become a growing problem. This is particularly true in the African American community. But why are African Americans being hit so hard by this disease? The objective of the author's research is to determine the correlations between individual indicators (age, gender, ethnicity, recent immigration), environmental indicators (dwelling crowding, population density, poverty, building size and age, exposure to recent immigrants) and rates of infection with tuberculosis. This will be accomplished by using a geographical information system, with zip codes as the unit of analysis. The research sheds light on the nature of the relationship between these factors and the higher risk of infection among African Americans. It suggests that the greater risk of infection among African Americans may be due to a higher occurrence of environmental risk factors (poverty, crowding, population density, and exposure to recent immigrants) in the African American community.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College