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Built Environment and Population Health in Small-Town America

Learning from Small Cities of Kansas

Mahbub Rashid

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A groundbreaking look at the complex relationship between the built environment and population health in small-town America.

The links between urban settings and health issues are well established, but the built environments of smaller cities and towns also play a crucial role in population well-being. In this book, Mahbub Rashid—who employs innovative spatial and social network analysis techniques to examine the impact of built form and space on people's behavior, psychology, society, and culture—uses extensive spatial, demographic, and health data to study the crucial role of the built...

A groundbreaking look at the complex relationship between the built environment and population health in small-town America.

The links between urban settings and health issues are well established, but the built environments of smaller cities and towns also play a crucial role in population well-being. In this book, Mahbub Rashid—who employs innovative spatial and social network analysis techniques to examine the impact of built form and space on people's behavior, psychology, society, and culture—uses extensive spatial, demographic, and health data to study the crucial role of the built environment in small Kansas cities. The first book of its kind, Built Environment and Population Health in Small-Town America sheds light on the critical factors shaping the well-being of these communities and provides valuable insights for building healthier futures.

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One in ten Americans lives in a small town or city, but these places are routinely overlooked as we consider the links between built environments and health. With Kansas as his laboratory, Mahbub Rashid blends physical features with social and economic trends to tell this fascinating and important story.

Rashid breaks new ground in exploring the socio-physical organization of the environment in relation to health outcomes in small-town and rural communities. Utilizing rural Kansas as an illustrative case study, Rashid presents guidance for both planning and environmental policy for rural America. A must-read!

Sandwiched between rurality and urbanicity, small-town America constitutes a missed opportunity in keeping America healthy. They are not smaller versions of large metropolitan areas, and there are no one-solution-fits-all strategies. This book is the first (and a comprehensive) attempt to address a crucial gap in health policy and design in rural Kansas.

Focused on the health impacts of the built environment in rural towns, planning and public health professionals will find that the insights from this book's well-documented case studies of small cities in Kansas are valuable for promoting healthy community design in small towns across America.

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Publication Date
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Preorder
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6
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9
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464
ISBN
9781421447995
Illustration Description
5 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction to Population Health: From Theory to Practice
Part I. Small-Town America and Its Population Health Contexts
Chapter 2. Rural and

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction to Population Health: From Theory to Practice
Part I. Small-Town America and Its Population Health Contexts
Chapter 2. Rural and Small-Town America: Definitions
Chapter 3. The Rural Contexts of Population Health in Small-Town America: Consequences of Ongoing Changes
Part II. Stories of Small Cities of Kansas
Chapter 4. Small Cities of Kansas: Stories of Recent Changes
Chapter 5. Health in Small Cities of Kansas: Stories of Recent Concerns
Part III. Approaches, Methods, and Study Sample
Chapter 6. Approaches and Methods: How to Study Spatial Associations of Population Health in Small-Town America
Chapter 7. The Study Sample: A Description of Its Spatial, Lifestyle, and Health Data
Part IV. Rurality, Spatial Factors, and Lifestyle in Small Cities of Kansas
Chapter 8. Spatial Associations of Lifestyle in Small Cities of Kansas: Correlational Analyses
Chapter 9. Rurality and Spatial Associations of Lifestyle in Small Cities of Kansas: Comparative Correlational Analyses
Part V. Rurality, Spatial Factors, and Health Status in Small-Town Kansas
Chapter 10. Spatial Associations of Health in Small Cities of Kansas: Correlational Analyses
Chapter 11. Rurality and Spatial Associations of Health in Small Cities of Kansas: Comparative Correlational Analyses
Part VI. Problems and Prospects of Spatial Planning and Design for Population Health in Small-Town America
Chapter 12. Built Environment and Population Health in Small Cities of Kansas: Study Limitations, Findings, and Implications
Chapter 13. Health Promotion in Small-Town America: Traditional and Participatory Approaches and Some General Principles
References
Index

Author Bio
Mahbub Rashid
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Mahbub Rashid

Mahbub Rashid is the dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. He is the author of The Geometry of Urban Layouts: A Global Comparative Study and Physical Space and Spatiality in Muslim Societies: Notes on the Social Production of Cities.