Masters Thesis

Assessing the relationship between infrastructure and health outcomes

This descriptive study assessed the relationship between infrastructure and health outcomes. This study utilized secondary data from the CalEnviroScreen 3.0 to analyze environmental and health measures from the ZIP codes of 93702, 93706, 93711, and 93720 to determine an association between infrastructure and health outcomes. No specific age category was studied. A regression analysis of a variety of infrastructural variables assessed statistical associations with health outcomes. The independent variables were ZIP code, drinking water, groundwater, education, poverty, housing burden, and solid waste. The dependent variables were asthma, cardiovascular disease, and low birthweight. The results indicated a statistically significant relationship among the infrastructural variables for the health outcomes of asthma and cardiovascular disease. There was no statistically significant relationship among the infrastructural variables with the health outcomes of low birthweight.

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