Primary projects at the Health Geographics Lab

Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE)
We are building a new cross-cultural water insecurity scale that will enable stakeholders to assess associated risks, target scarce resources to mitigate household water insecurity, and measure the impacts of interventions and policies. Dr. Stoler manages the Ghana site for the HWISE network, which comprises study sites in 16 countries across Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. 

Etiology and Improved Differential Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illness in West Africa
The rapid urbanization of sub-Saharan Africa has led to changes in infectious disease ecology, but diagnostic limitations mean that most fevers are misdiagnosed and subsequently left untreated. Dr. Stoler and collaborators at the University of Ghana are working to improve local diagnoses of febrile illnesses (such as viral fevers, etc.) that are commonly misdiagnosed as malaria.

Factors Influencing Childhood Eating Behaviors and Weight in Low-Income Children
This study explores how childhood obesity is affected by family networks, healthcare providers, and their spatial accessibility to low income families, as well as the types of foods that are available in participants' homes. Dr. Moise uses GIS and participatory network-mapping methods to work collaboratively with local families who receive social services from Florida and Miami-Dade County.

Urbanization and the Transformation of Drinking Water Sources in Ghana
Chronic shortages of piped drinking water in urban West Africa have led to the recent emergence of packaged drinking water sold in small plastic sachets. Dr. Stoler has studied this dynamic industry since 2008 and continues to explore drinking water trends at the national, regional, and community level, particularly as related to urban poverty and water quality.

Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on Nutrition and Low Birth Weight in Nigeria
Rapid rural-urban migration in Benue State, Nigeria, offers a unique opportunity to study the peri-urban differences in low-birth weight and nutritional status. Dr. Moise, along with colleagues in the US and Nigeria, hope to integrate and geographically target nutrition interventions into antenatal care programs to improve birth weight, maternal health, and nutrition outcomes.

Toward a Florida Cancer Portal: Putting Local Cancer Data and Community Interventions on the Map in South Florida
Dr. Stoler and Prof. Ewing have teamed up with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to build the SCAN (Sylvester CANcer) Portal for the public dissemination of local cancer statistics, community interventions, and other cancer resources. The platform leverages interdisciplinary expertise in geovisualization, interactive media, and health promotion.


Spatial Analysis of Adolescent Alcohol-Related Trauma Hospitalizations in Illinois
Dr. Moise uses Trauma Registry data to describe trends in alcohol-related trauma center admissions, to identify risk factors associated with  geographic variability, and to determine if there is a relationship between accident location and the patient's residence.  Detection of alcohol abuse among adolescent trauma patients could facilitate targeted counseling, rehabilitative treatment, and substance abuse prevention.

Secondary projects

Toward a Geographic Clearinghouse of Intimate Partner Violence Services and Community Determinants in Miami-Dade County
Medical Vulnerability: A New Paradigm for Defining Medical Shortage Areas
A Multimodal Approach to Improve Hepatitis C Testing Among Baby Boomers

Spatiotemporal Patterns of Gunshot Wound Incidents in Miami-Dade County

Previous projects

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Miami-Dade County: Ethnic Disparities and Service Comprehensiveness
Health Impacts and Public Policy for e-Waste Recycling in the Developing World
The Relationship between Low Numeracy and Cancer Knowledge and Beliefs
Urban but Off the Grid: The Struggle for Drinking Water in Ghana's Urban Slums
Seasonal and Geographic Variation of Pediatric Malaria in Burundi: 2011-2012
Assessing the Reduction of Infant Mortality Rates in Malawi: 1990-2010
Geovisualization of State Supreme Court Cases on Abortion and Redistricting