What is the SAMoSA Study?

Researchers from Dalhousie University are conducting the SAMoSA (Spatial Accessibility to a Multitude oServices and Amenities) Study to look at the influence our living environment has on health and well-being in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). To assess our living environments, this study will look at how easy or difficult it is to access the following services and amenities:

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1) healthy food outlets;

2) green and recreational space (i.e. parks);

3) public transit; 

4) family doctors;

5) affordable housing; and,

6) jobs.

The research team is analysing anonymous online and in-person survey responses from adult residents across HRM. This study is part of a research project aimed at developing Indicators of Health-enhancing Opportunity Structures in communities (IHOPS), led by Dr. Mikiko Terashima, an Assistant Professor of the School of Planning, Dalhousie University. Partner Institutions include the HRM Planning and Development Department, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, and the Maritime SPOR Support Unit.

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To learn more about the study, the research team, and the partner institutions, click on any of the menu items listed above.

If you have any questions about the survey or the project, please contact Kate Clark at kate.clark@dal.ca.

This survey has been approved by Dalhousie University Ethics Review Board.

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-1462, or email ethics@dal.ca (and reference REB file #2017-4300).