Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL)

Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL)

 

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research and training environment based at Western University which specializes in the production, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination and mobilization of evidence to support effective policies, programs and professional practice aimed at creating healthy and vibrant communities.

HEAL specializes in applications of geographic information science (GIS) for addressing critical planning and public health issues.The lab also specializes in community-based research and strives to build authentic and mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community organizations, especially non-profits and charities.

Visit the Human Environments Analysis Lab website for additional information.

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Submissions from 2020

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Enacting agency: exploring how older adults shape their neighbourhoods, Carrie Hand, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Suzanne Huot, Rachel Pack, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Assessing the effectiveness of a naturally occurring population-level physical activity intervention for children, C. Smith, A. F. Clark, P. Wilk, P. Tucker, and J. A. Gilliland

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Food for thought: Comparing self-reported versus curbside measurements of household food wasting behavior and the predictive capacity of behavioral determinants, Paul van der Werf, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

Submissions from 2019

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Conceptualizing Youth Participation in Children’s Health Research: Insights from a Youth-Driven Process for Developing a Youth Advisory Council, Krishna Arunkumar, Drew Bowman, Stephanie Coen, Mohammad El-Bagdady, Christina R. Ergler, Jason A. Gilliland, Ahad Mahmood, and Suraj Paul

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Predictors of drug use during pregnancy: The relative effects of socioeconomic, demographic, and mental health risk factors, R. A. Brown, H. Dakkak, Jason A. Gilliland, and Jamie A. Seabrook

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Promoting active school travel in elementary schools: A regional case study of the school travel planning intervention, Adrian N, Buttazzoni; Andrew F. Clark; Jamie A. Seabrook; and Jason A. Gilliland

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If You Make it Free, Will They Come? Using a Physical Activity Accessibility Model to Understand the Use of a Free Children’s Recreation Pass, Andrew F. Clark, Johanna Campbell, Patricia Tucker, Piotr Wilk, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Comparing Physical Activity Behavior of Children During School Between Balanced and Traditional School Day Schedules, Andrew F. Clark, Piotr Wilk, and Jason A. Gilliland

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‘I like the “outernet” stuff:’ girls’ perspectives on physical activity and their environments, Stephannie Coen, Christine Mitchell, Suzanne Tillmann, and Jason A. Gilliland

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The Impact of Canadian School Food Programs on Children’s Nutrition and Health: A Systematic Review, Paige Colley, Bronia Myer, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

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A comparative analysis of the restaurant consumer food environment in Rochester (NY, USA) and London (ON, Canada): assessing children’s menus by neighbourhood socio-economic characteristics, Catherine DuBreck, Richard C. Sadler, Godwin Arku, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Is active travel a breath of fresh air? Examining children's exposure to air pollution during the school commute, Jason A. Gilliland, Matthew Maltby, Xiaohong Xu, Isaac Luginaah, Janet Loebach, and Tayyab Shah

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A geospatial approach to understanding inequalities in accessibility to primary care among vulnerable populations, Jason A. Gilliland, Tayyab Shah, Andrew F. Clark, Shannon L. Sibbald, and Jamie A. Seabrook

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Study protocol of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial incorporated into the Group Lifestyle Balance™ program: the nutrigenomics, overweight/obesity and weight management trial (the NOW trial), Justine Horne; Jason A. Gilliland; Colleen O’Connor,; Jamie A. Seabrook; Peter Hannaberg; and Janet Madill

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Assessing the relationship between water and nutrition knowledge and beverage consumption habits in children, Bridget R. Irwin, Mark R. Speechley, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Promoting healthy beverage consumption habits among elementary school children: results of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge ‘Water Does Wonders’ interventions in London, Ontario, Bridget R. Irwin, Mark Speechley, Piotr Wilk, Andrew F. Clark, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Examining the Social and Built Environment Factors Influencing Children’s Independent Use of Their Neighborhoods and the Experience of Local Settings as Child-Friendly, Janet Loebach and Jason A. Gilliland

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Is phase angle an appropriate indicator of malnutrition in different disease states? A systematic review, Sylvia Rinaldi, Jason A. Gilliland, Colleen O'Connor, Bert Chesworth, and Janet Madill

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Geospatial analyses of adverse birth outcomes in Southwestern Ontario: Examining the impact of environmental factors, Jamie A. Seabrook, Alexandra Smith, A. F. Clark, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Geographic accessibility to primary care providers: Comparing rural and urban areas in Southwestern Ontario, Tayyab I. Shah, Andrew F. Clark, Jamie A. Seabrook, Shannon Sibbald, and Jason A. Galliland

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Nature makes people happy, that’s what it sort of means:’ children’s definitions and perceptions of nature in rural Northwestern Ontario, Suzanne Tillmann, Brenton Button, Stephanie Coen, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Food for naught: Using the theory of planned behaviour to better understand household food wasting behaviour, Paul van der Werf, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

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"Reduce Food Waste, Save Money”: Testing a Novel Intervention to Reduce Household Food Waste, Paul van der Werf, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

Submissions from 2018

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Examining How Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, Geographic Accessibility, and Informational Accessibility Influence the Uptake of a Free Population-Level Physical Activity Intervention for Children, A. F. Clark, Piotr Wilk, Christine A. Mitchell, Christine Smith, Josh Archer, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Playing with poetry: Poetic representation of research in children’s geographies of nature and adventurous play, Stephanie E. Coen, Suzanne Tillmann, Christina R. Ergler, Cara McGuire, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Influence of the Natural and Built Environment on Personal Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in Cyclists Using City Designated Bicycle Routes, Jason A. Gilliland, Matthew Maltby, Xiaohong Xu, Isaac Luginaah, and Tayyab Shah

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Toward Understanding Person–Place Transactions in Neighborhoods: A Qualitative-Participatory Geospatial Approach, Carri Hand, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Suzanne Huot, Jason A. Gilliland, and Rachael L. Pack

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Inequitable health service use in a Canadian paediatric population: A cross‐sectional study of individual‐ and contextual‐level factors, Catherine Holtz, Jason A. Gilliland, Amardeep Thind, Piotr Wilk, and M. K. Campbell

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A Systematic Review of Genetic Testing and Lifestyle Behaviour Change: Are We Using High-Quality Genetic Interventions and Considering Behaviour Change Theory?, Justine Horne, Janet Madill, Colleen O'Connor, Jacob Shelley, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Promotion of physical activity in rural, remote and northern settings: a Canadian call to action, Candace I. J. Nykiforuk, Kayla Atkey, Sara Brown, Wayne Caldwell, Tracey Galloway, Jason Gilliland, Krystyna Kongats, Jonathan McGavock, and Kim D. Raine

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Equal Opportunity Streets: Assessing the Equity of Publicly Provisioned Street Trees in Walk Zones Surrounding Elementary Schools, Eli Paddle and Jason A. Gilliland

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Context Matters: Examining children's perceived barriers to physical activity across varying Canadian environments, Leah G. Taylor, Andrew F. Clark, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Exploring the Effect of Perceptions on Children’s Physical Activity in Varying Geographic Contexts: Using a Structural Equation Modelling Approach to Examine a Cross-Sectional Dataset, Leah G. Taylor, Andrew F. Clark, Piotr Wilk, Brenton L. Button, and Jason A. Gilliland

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The quantity of food waste in the garbage stream of southern Ontario, Canada households, Paul van der Werf, Jamie A. Seabrook, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Examining individual, interpersonal, and environmental influences on children’s physical activity levels, Piotr Wilk, Andrew. F. Clark, Alana Maltby, Christine Smith, Trish Tucker, and Jason A. Gilliland

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Understanding child and parent perceptions of barriers influencing children’s active school travel, Katherine Wilson, A. F. Clark, and Jason A. Gilliland