In a country that sees skyrocketing insurance premiums for both doctors and patients, it was a matter of time until doctors would start to abandon their insurance companies and start taking cash only. One argument is that it may only benefit the wealthy who can afford the care up front, but for millions of Americans who are jobless and without insurance, “concierge” medicine that offers monthly fees for “all you can eat” service, may just be what the doctor ordered.
Topics: Geomedicine, Health, Activity Space, Environmental Geography, GIS, Pattern
Source: AP Reading Technology Integration Night; Presenter
Materials: iPad, iTouch, or iPhone
Apps Required: TED, Place History
1) Have students watch TED Talk titled, Bill Devenhall: Your Health Depends on Where you Live (9:25)
2) Q&A/Discussion/Lecture about how geography can help determine health risks. Discuss how the EPA and GIS can team up to assist in these discoveries.
3) Have students open Place History and find their current location and what toxic release locations are nearby. Using the legend they can also determine the risk of heart attack
Above and Beyond: Students can hit the “Explore” button and enter the various locations of places in which the frequent on a daily basis or have previously lived. Students have the option of allowing the location tracking on their devices, which is why this should be an optional activity.