Date: Jan 27, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom

Spatially Exploring COVID-19 Risks in British Columbia's Neighbourhoods 

Thursday, January 27, 2022  |   12:30 pm  |  Online

Join us on Zoom:

The risk of contracting coronavirus varies among people and places, making some British Columbians more likely to develop or be exposed to COVID-19 than others, due to socio-economic factors, occupational hazards, personal behaviours or other factors that can become amplified when we spend time in places that may involve increased risk of transmission. To better understand this phenomenon, over the past year we have developed a vulnerability model to identify differences in COVID-19 risks across BC's neighbourhoods, visualized in a series of maps on a public-facing dashboard. Our risk maps have added important new insights to the ongoing dialogue about how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in BC by indicating where policy and public health efforts should be focused. We have also created an interactive map that explores anticipated secondary health impacts of the pandemic. In this presentation we discuss our process for developing these models and maps, how we worked with patient partners and incorporated feedback from key informants, and some of the actions that have been informed by our interactive maps. 


Leah Rosenkrantz, PhD Candidate, SFU Geography 
Dr. Nadine Schuurman, Professor (GIScience), SFU Geography 
Dr. Valorie Crooks, Professor (CRC in Health Service Geographies), SFU Geography