The census of Social Institutions (CSI): A public health direct observation measure of local land use

Katie M. Heinrich, Joseph Hughey, Anthony Randles, Dustin Wall, N. Andrew Peterson, Nattinee Jitnarin, Laverne Berkel, Peter Eaton, Doug Bowles, C. Keith Haddock, W. S.Carlos Poston

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Abstract

This manuscript describes the development of the Census of Social Institutions (CSI), a reliable direct observation parcel-level built environment measure. The CSI was used to measure all non-residential parcels (n=10,842) in 21 one-mile-radius neighborhoods centered around census block groups ofvarying income and ethnicity in a large metropolitan area. One year test-retest and inter-rater intra-class correlations showed high reliability for major use type and detail code observations. The CSI accurately captured the presence of about 9,500 uses, including 828 multiple major use and 431 mixed major use parcels that would have been missed in standard commercial databases. CSI data can be utilized to determine the health impacts of environmental settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • And Use
  • Built Environment
  • Ealth
  • Ehavior settings
  • Eographic Information systems
  • Rcel

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