The Tri-Cities area of Atlanta, which includes College Park, East Point, and Hapeville, is conveniently located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This proximity to a major transportation hub could have a significant impact on the access to healthcare for residents of the city. A study conducted in the area revealed that there were 153 healthcare facilities located within a 10-mile radius of the airport. Of these, 117 were situated in the city of Atlanta, 14 in John's Creek, 16 in Roswell, and 22 in Sandy Springs.
This could partially explain why certain areas, despite having more park infrastructure, had a higher prevalence of adverse health outcomes despite having access to green spaces. In addition, census districts with a higher proportion of African-American residents, higher pollution levels, and a higher prevalence of adverse health outcomes were located in the southern parts of Atlanta. This could be due to the fact that these areas are further away from the airport and other transportation hubs, making it more difficult for residents to access healthcare services.
The Impact of Proximity on Access to HealthcareThe findings of this study suggest that proximity to major airports and transportation hubs can have a significant impact on access to healthcare for residents of Atlanta. Areas that are closer to these hubs are likely to have better access to healthcare services than those that are further away. This could be due to the fact that these areas are more likely to have more healthcare facilities located nearby, as well as better public transportation options for those who need to travel further distances. It is important for policymakers and healthcare providers in Atlanta to take into account the impact that proximity to major airports and transportation hubs can have on access to healthcare for residents.
By ensuring that all areas of the city have adequate access to healthcare services, it will help ensure that all residents have equal opportunities for good health.