Welcome to the
Space, Health, and Community (SHAC) Lab

Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University

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About Us


Who We Are

The SHAC Lab in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University is a research laboratory which concentrates on the geographic and equity dimensions of public health and public health policy. The SHAC Lab re-formed in 2016 and is interested in how where we live, work, play and study shapes our health. Our work includes understanding how aspects of the built, physical and social environments may bolster or hinder mental and physical health.

The SHAC Lab includes a group of undergraduate and graduate students, with workstations featuring spatial analysis software, statistical analysis software, design software, and scripting programs.

We hope that our work will inform efforts to promote equitable wellbeing and equitable health care.

Our Agenda

Our broad agenda parallels the University's: to advance knowledge and transform lives by innovating and applying geoanalytical approaches to vital health care issues.

For more details on our focal areas, please see the research section below.

Our Research


Healthy Cities

Coming Soon...

Health Care Services in Michigan

Health care accessibility in Michigan has been one focus in the lab, and we work closely with the State of Michigan Department of Community Health on health access provision and regulation. In this work, we have three main research areas:

Global Water Insecurity

Coming Soon...

Our Publications


Peer-Reviewed Articles


2018




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Meet the Team


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Dr. Ashton Shortridge

Professor

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Michigan State University

Co-Director

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Dr. Amber Pearson

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Michigan State University

Co-Director

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Dr. Paul Delamater

Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Lab Affiliate

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Jonnell Sanciangco

Doctoral Student

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Michigan State University

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Kim Clevenger

Doctoral Student

Department of Kinesiology

Michigan State University

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Claudia Allou

Undergraduate Student

James Madison College

Michigan State University

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Hope Lewis

Undergraduate Student

Department of Mathematics

Michigan State University

Former Lab Assistants



Amanda Rzotkiewicz

M.S., Geography

Ben Dougherty

B.S., Geography

Ross Bottomley

B.S., Geography

Wei Liu

Ph.D., Geography

Tim Chambers

M.S., Geography

Amber DeJohn

B.S., Geography

Michael Marchiori

B.S., Geography

Contact Us


Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Michigan State University
233A Geography Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Dr. Shortridge's email is ashton@msu.edu

Dr. Pearson's email is apearson@msu.edu

+1 (517) 353-1715