States Streamline Public Health with GIS

CWD:  Writing an article about GIS and Public Health without including several maps is a difficult task.  Its painting word pictures of something who’s magic can only be experienced by sight and with ample time to ponder the relationships the maps reveal. While the article links to a few maps, most of the links are to top level domains.  If you are curious about how your data might appear, and the insights you might gain from a GIS approach, all you have to do is contact us at GeoVelo.

Mapping technology is helping local governments better visualize data and effectively tackle local health issues.

by Juliet Van Wagenen – Juliet is the senior web editor for StateTech and HealthTech magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.

New mapping software could be changing the way your city is tackling public health. Geographic information systems (GIS), a collection of tools that make it possible to visualize sets of data on regional maps, are growing in popularity for state and local health agencies. These tools work to aggregate data collected from censuses and public agencies and put that data to work to better manage resources and plan accordingly.

In a larger-scale initiative, the Centers for Disease Control launched its 500 Cities Project, which aims to provide data on the geographic distribution of chronic disease risk factors; public health concerns such as alcoholism and physical activity; and the occurrences of diseases like heart disease or diabetes in a specific geographic area.

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