Geographic Information System: A Targeted Approach to Syphilis Elimination

dc.contributor.advisorUrrutia-Rojas, Ximena
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLurie, Sue
dc.contributor.committeeMemberOppong, Joseph
dc.creatorMorrison-Jones, June
dc.description.abstractMorrison-Jones, June, Geographic Information System: A Targeted Approach to Syphilis Elimination. Master of Public Health, August 2000, 55 pp., 3 tables, 3 appendices, reference list, 25 titles. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that has long caused a heavy public health and economic burden in the United States. With syphilis rates reaching their lowest recorded levels in the United States, Health officials are calling for an increased effort to eliminate the disease. In the United States, syphilis is also now extremely concentrated geographically, facilitating effective intervention. Most syphilis cases disproportionately affect a small portion of the population. African Americans who live below the poverty level, have limited access to health care, and have a number of social problems are also affected. This study examines the geographic distribution of syphilis and factors associated with syphilis transmission in Dallas County. The study used the techniques of geographic information system, principles of epidemiology, sociocultural linkages (race, ethnicity, and gender) between demographic factors and syphilis, to gain insights into the geographic distribution of syphilis among the affected groups, and intervention strategies for syphilis elimination were developed. These suggestions should assist the Dallas County Health Department in launching an effective syphilis elimination program. Results showed that zip codes with high incidence of cases were generally adjacent to each other. In addition, statistically significant results confirmed that poverty, minority-race ethnicity and geographic core areas are factors associated with the transmission of syphilis.
dc.subjectCommunity Health and Preventive Medicine
dc.subjectFemale Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications
dc.subjectGender and Sexuality
dc.subjectGeographic Information Sciences
dc.subjectHuman Geography
dc.subjectInequality and Stratification
dc.subjectLife Sciences
dc.subjectMale Urogenital Diseases
dc.subjectMedicine and Health Sciences
dc.subjectPublic Health
dc.subjectPublic Health Education and Promotion
dc.subjectRace and Ethnicity
dc.subjectSocial and Behavioral Sciences
dc.subjectUrogenital System
dc.subjectgeographic information systems
dc.subjectgeographical concentration
dc.subjectsociocultural linkages
dc.subjectintervention strategies
dc.subjectDallas County Health Department
dc.titleGeographic Information System: A Targeted Approach to Syphilis Elimination
dc.type.materialtext of Public Health of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth of Public Health


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