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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - State Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments


NEW! CDC Announces Map Widget for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is excited to announce the release of the Interactive Heart Disease and Stroke Map Widget. With this widget, state and local health departments, along with other organizations, can easily display high-quality state and county-level maps of heart disease and stroke mortality on their websites. Learn more here:


GIS Network

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

CDC and 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 and newsletter distribution list, please contact MaryCatherine Jones, Public Health Consultant, at

View Issue 1 (12/21/16) of the GIS Network newsletter. 


GIS Network Webinar

NACDD and CDC hosted a 1305/1422 Epidemiology and Surveillance and GIS Network webinar on data visualization on Wednesday, January 18 at 3pm ET. The webinar included presentations on effective data visualization strategies and the CDC GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke.

   Webinar recording here
   Booker Daniels presentation slides
   Linda Schieb presentation slides
   Handout: Infographics at CDC: A Standards Guide
   Handout: Creative Brief template


Advanced Thematic GIS Training for State Health Departments: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Address Blood Pressure Medication Adherence (Application period has closed. Selected states will be notified of award by 2/21/17).

Funded by the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this advanced thematic GIS training is designed to provide the opportunity for staff from selected state health departments to develop and implement a series of projects that use GIS to address blood pressure medication adherence. 

The project entails having two staff members from selected state health departments participate in a 10-day intensive training, which will include 2.5 days of in-person training at Rice University in Houston, TX followed by map development and dissemination activities through June 2017. This training will provide opportunities for participants to share strategies for using GIS to address blood pressure medication adherence while learning and applying new GIS skills. Participants will develop maps useful in highlighting and addressing the blood pressure medication adherence needs in their respective communities. These projects will address four key areas related to blood pressure medication adherence: 

1) documenting existing geographic disparities in blood pressure medication adherence;

2) identifying gaps in clinical, community, and public health services that are important for supporting blood pressure medication adherence;

3) providing a basis for informing programs and policies related to blood pressure medication adherence; and

4) enhancing existing partnerships and facilitating new partnerships among pharmacists, physicians, hospitals, public health clinics, community health workers, and other health systems and health care organizations.



All state health departments are eligible to apply.

Important Dates

1.   Application due date: February 7, 2017

2.   Notification by February 21, 2017


Please click here to download the RFA for the Advanced Thematic GIS Training and instructions.

The FAQ document (updated 1/10/17) includes questions addressed during the three Question and Answer sessions that were offered in December and January, as well as questions received by email. Please consult this document for any clarification on the RFA.

Please direct any additional questions to MaryCatherine Jones, Public Health Consultant, at


 Past GIS Training Opportunities

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

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.

Congratulations to the state health departments selected to participate in the 2016-2017 training: Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York. The selection process was very competitive and the number of applicants far exceeded the number of available spaces. Selected states will participate in three in-person training events at Rice University between January and June 2017.


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.




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