The research project
Hari and Timothy will use data from across the US to estimate the impact of geographically targeted interventions to eliminate barriers to access prostate cancer screenings.
Important barriers to accessing screenings to predict prostate cancer specific mortality vary by individual and neighbourhood level factors. To remove the barriers relevant to individual and neighbourhood context, policies must be created and implemented to increase access to prostate cancer screening in vulnerable communities.
Hari and Timothy will use data from across the United States to determine what socioeconomic, neighbourhood, and environmental factors must be removed or changed to eliminate barriers to accessing screenings and treatments for prostate cancer; thereby reducing mortality rates in Black men.
The project uses a technique called geospatial analysis to identify people and places experiencing excess mortality from prostate cancer and their limited access to screenings.
Geospatial analysis is the gathering, display, and manipulation of imagery data provided from GPS satellites to provide insight into relationships between factors and reveal patterns and trends.
Using geospatial analysis, the researchers will model ideal conditions and remove barriers to PSA screenings. Then they will compare and evaluate the effects of the interventions.