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Thursday, May 23 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Examining the Effects of Physical Barriers on Healthcare Accessibility in the West Bank

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Travel restrictions imposed by the Israeli government in and around the West Bank presents myriad access issues for residents of the West Bank, including access to critical healthcare. The political situation renders standard methods of measuring healthcare access ineffective; this project seeks to mitigate that by using a different methodology to get a more realistic representation of primary healthcare access levels for West Bank residents. The short supply of specialty healthcare services throughout much of the West Bank forces Palestinians to travel through Israeli-administered areas - where they are subjected to various impediments including checkpoints and road closures - to receive medical care. Thus, using simple proximity to the nearest hospital to measure healthcare access, a typical method of measurement, is inadequate for much of the West Bank. This research project uses the floating catchment areas (FCA) methodology to address travel time - making it possible to measure the impact of the checkpoints and road closures - and availability of resources to determine a more realistic measure of healthcare access for the population. This presentation will illustrate which population centers have the lowest access and are therefore most at-risk, and will show how this method can be used to identify locations for future facilities with high potential to alleviate current shortfalls.


James Skoryanc

Geospatial Analyst, United States Air Force. Penn State University Masters of GIS, student

Thursday May 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am AKDT
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

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