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Highly Resolved Spatial Scale Geocoding

Geocoding, the process of converting address information into latitude and longitude coordinates, is key to gaining a better characterization of associations between public health exposures and outcomes. Traditionally, public health data has been analyzed on large geographic scales such as county, ZIP code, or Census tract. By utilizing highly resolved spatial scales of population-level birth and death certificate data, relationships between the data and environmental and social exposures previously hidden by these large areal units become apparent. Future research should geocode at a more refined scale, such as street address or parcel level, when analyzing population-level administrative public health datasets to understand the connections between environmental exposure and health outcomes.

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