Poster: Spatial Disparities in Primary Care Access
Primary care is a key part of achieving improved health outcomes because it is the entry-point to health care system. Accessibility of primary care can lead to prevention and management of chronic diseases. Spatial access to primary care is typically analyzed at large scales (county and state) and for rural areas. This study aims to identify possible spatial disparities in primary care access within the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. A geographic information system (GIS) is used to identify census tracts that have the lowest supply of primary care providers within a specified area. The impacts of population characteristics and community characteristics on the supply of primary providers are estimated using spatial multivariate regression.
Confirmed SpeakerCurrently a Master's candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning department at Eastern Washington University. Her research interests include the application of econometric and spatial modelling techniques with a focus on spatial economic policy analysis. Her past experience includes internships at the Federal Housing Finance Agency and at the Washington State Department of Commerce.