Using Geospatial Analysis to Inform Development of a Place-Based Integrated Care Initiative: The Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods Experience

Katherine Todd, John Eastwood, Jose Salinas Perez, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Penelope Fotheringham

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    Abstract

    Introduction: Disadvantaged families experience many barriers to accessing health and social care. The Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods (HHAN) Integrated Care Initiative was developed to address these barriers, and ensure families have their complex needs met and are kept safe and connected to society.

    Description: A spatial epidemiology approach was taken, as part of the HHAN feasibility phase, to identify the geographical distribution of the “most vulnerable” families in Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). A literature review was conducted to identify indicators of family stress and disadvantage, and cluster and hotspot analyses were undertaken. Hotspots of family stress and disadvantage were mapped for SLHD and used to identify areas for HHAN place-based delivery, and for collaborative co-design.

    Discussion: The HHAN initiative called for consideration of context and the undertaking of collaborative design with communities. The spatial analysis provided a more accurate picture of family stress and disadvantage than previously available and provided a tool that could be used during consultation and planning activities.

    Conclusion: When planning place-based integrated care initiatives, spatial analysis of small geographic scales can allow identification of areas of concentrated or complex disadvantage that may be masked when analysis is performed on larger areas, allowing for targeted, place-based delivery of programs to those most in need.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number23
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2021

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