Peel region in Ontario has a growing rate of diabetes that is already higher than the province as a whole. Scientists at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) created the Diabetes Atlas for the Region of Peel to help policy-makers, urban planners, community agencies and community groups explore diabetes at the neighbourhood level and shape evidence-informed policy and program responses.
Our research team – which included physicians, epidemiologists, medical geographers, social science researchers and geographic information system experts – generated over 100 maps exploring diabetes across Peel region. The maps illustrate the relationship between diabetes and factors such as socio-economic status, ethnicity and neighbourhood features including walkability, healthy food stores, parks and recreation centres and community-based health services. We also looked at diabetes rates in different neighbourhoods in Peel.
To read the Peel Diabetes Atlas by chapter, or to download the entire document, please visit Peel Public Health.