Arthi Rao, MS

Program Manager Informatics,  Statistics and Evaluation Center

Arthi Rao is a Program Manager in the Statistics & Evaluation Center and part of the GIS team at the American Cancer Society. Arthi brings to ACS experience with the social determinants of health, healthy places, healthy communities, and methods for spatially analyzing these issues. She is currently researching urban/rural classification schema, developing an access-to-care index, and analyzing the relationship between service areas of community health centers and cancer screening rates. Prior to joining the Society, Arthi worked on Health Impact Assessments (HIA)at the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) at Georgia Tech. She was the primary resource for projects on healthy communities and led the grant writing process for several HIA proposals.

Arthi has published articles on the topics of Health Impact Assessments, sustainability, walkability analysis, regional planning, therapeutic landscapes, and multiculturalism. She has presented her work at the Centers for Disease Control, the American Planning Association (APA) and other venues, and is considered a subject matter expert on “Healthy Places” research. She serves on the National Advisory Committee for APA’s HIA Toolkit for Planners as part of APA’s new project, Health Impact Assessment’s Role in Planning.

Arthi is completing her Ph.D. studies at Georgia Tech in sustainable urban development and health, with graduation expected in 2016. Her doctoral research involves the creation of novel spatial metrics that measure urban development patterns and their association with chronic disease patterns including cancer. The dissertation utilizes a cross-disciplinary framework developed from social epidemiology, landscape and spatial epidemiology, and landscape ecology.