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  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and other Chronic Diseases in State Health Departments

The application period for the 2016-2017 GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and other Chronic Diseases in State Health Departments is open!

Due to some technical glitches with the original application form, please use the current version of the RFA posted below.

Offered in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, this opportunity is designed to enhance the ability of health departments to integrate the use of GIS into daily operations to support existing priorities for surveillance and prevention of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases. GIS offers a powerful set of tools for a coordinated approach to prevent chronic disease and promote population health.

Staff from the selected selected state health departments will learn GIS skills and will use their mapping skills to

1) document geographic disparities,
2)inform policy and program decisions,
3) enhance partnerships with external agencies, and
4) facilitate collaboration within agencies.

RFA Information

View the RFA for State Health Departments (revised 10/6/16)

View the Instructions for the RFA for State Health Departments

View the RFA's Question and Answers document



All state health departments are eligible to apply for the 2016-2017 training. 

Key Dates

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - State Applications are due

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Notification of award


Additional Information

An additional GIS-related RFA for state health departments will be released in November 2016. All state health departments will be eligible to apply to both RFAs. The additional RFA will be for intermediate/advanced GIS users in chronic disease programs, will include one 2.5 day in-person training at Rice University. A table comparing the major components and dates for the two RFAs can be found here.

Learn about the work of the Ohio, South Dakota and New Mexico state health departments' work following their GIS training, in a recorded webinar on the GIS Capacity Building Project.

View the GIS course outline and list of past awardees.

For questions about the GIS Training and RFA, please contact MaryCatherine Jones,


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Self-Study Tutorials and
Chronic Disease Mapping Resources

Visit the CDC’s Chronic Disease GIS Exchange, an on-line forum for learning and sharing techniques for using GIS to enhance chronic disease prevention, surveillance, and treatment. We hope you will be inspired by the maps and resources here, and will inspire others by sharing your maps. GIS Highlights Reports contain examples of maps produced by GIS training participants and many others. The journal Preventing Chronic Disease publishes regular map and text articles that feature ways Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is used to display national, state, or county data for important health topics related to chronic disease.

GIS Network
Do you use maps in your chronic disease prevention work? We want to hear from you!

NACDD is developing a network of chronic disease prevention program GIS users to share tips and successes in using GIS for chronic disease prevention and to identify common issues and barriers that can be addressed through tools and technical assistance.
To share your ideas or to join the network, please contact MaryCatherine Jones, Public Health Consultant, at