In this collection of lessons, you'll gain understanding about how mortality rates for breast cancer are higher for black women than for white women in the United States. First, you'll explore maps to see what the mortality rates are for black and white women. Then, you'll map the differences in mortality rates to see where the rates differ. You'll map the ratio of mortality rates to see how much they differ. You'll map significant clusters of higher and lower mortality rate ratios so you can focus on the most problematic areas. Finally, you'll map selected breast cancer risk factors to look for explanations for the clusters.
To investigate this issue, you'll take a spatial problem solving approach. You'll start by exploring the issue and framing important questions. Then you'll model the approach you'll take and process the data analytically to draw out the answers. You'll interpret the results to determine if they make sense. Finally, you'll share your findings with others.
|Explore the issue and frame the questions||Find out about important topics and ask relevant spatial questions.||10 minutes|
|Model the approach||Determine how you will address the issue and answer the questions.||10 minutes|
|Explore the mortality rate maps||Explore maps to see what the mortality rates are for black and white women.||15 minutes|
|Map the mortality rate difference||Map the difference in mortality rates to see where the rates differ.||15 minutes|
|Map the mortality rate ratio||Map the ratio of mortality rates to see how much the rates differ.||15 minutes|
|Map clusters of similar rate ratio values||Perform analysis to find clusters of high and low rate ratio values.||15 minutes|
|Map selected risk factors||Map selected breast cancer risk factors to find explanations for the clusters.||15 minutes|
|Interpret the results||Examine and interpret the results to determine whether you answered the questions.||10 minutes|
|Share the findings with others||Share the findings of the analysis through a web map app.||15 minutes|