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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments


State Health Departments Selected for 2018 Advanced Thematic GIS Training for State Health Departments

NACDD congratulates Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin for their selection as participants in the 2018 Advanced Thematic GIS Training for State Health Departments: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Address Blood Pressure Medication Adherence. Two representatives of each health department’s Domain 3 medication adherence work will participate in a 10-day intensive GIS training, which will include 2.5 days of in-person training at Rice University in Houston, TX in 2018.The training curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of state health departments working on blood pressure medication adherence and was piloted in April 2017.

GIS are computer-based systems that allow users to analyze and display geographically referenced data. Training 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.


Products and lessons learned from the cohort of participating state health departments will be shared widely and posted to this webpage.

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Listen to the recording of the Q&A session here.


Chronic Disease GIS Virtual Training Series Offered by CDC, NACDD, and Rice University-Fall 2017

This webinar series was developed for health department staff interested in supplementing their GIS knowledge with new skills to support their chronic disease surveillance and prevention work. 

Requirements for participation

  • Employed in a state or local health department, working on chronic disease surveillance or prevention
  • Basic level of GIS skill
  • Licensed ArcGIS software (Desktop and/or ArcGIS Pro)
  • Commitment to participate in the full week of activities (approximately 10 hours, including webinars)

Virtual Trainings

Registration links will be open the Monday 3 weeks prior to training start date at 1:30pm ET.
Brief descriptions of each training are available now in the registration links.

Oct. 10-17               

Training 1: Mapping the National Provider and Plan Enumeration System (NPPES)          

Course has been completed.

Nov. 7- 14 

Training 2: Understanding geographic access through proximity based analyses

Course has been completed.

Dec. 5-12

Training 3: Polishing your maps with cartographic best practices

 Registration is full.


The virtual training modules will be delivered by GIS analysts wtih the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University.

These GIS virtual trainings are part of the project funded by CDC in collaboration with NACDD and Rice University to build GIS capacity for chronic disease surveillance and prevention in state and local health departments.

We look forward to your participation. You are welcome to contact Joshua Tootoo ( with questions about these virtual trainings.


You Need a Map to Get There: Maps for Chronic Disease Programs and Policies

View slides and materials from the GIS workshop for chronic disease directors at the 2017 NACDD Chronic Disease Academy in St. Louis, MO. 

GIS Network

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

Sponsored by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), this Network provides an opportunity to facilitate networking and build connections with other chronic disease GIS users, and help state and local health departments to sustain and expand their GIS capacity.

Through the Network, GIS users can share how they are using GIS, tips for using GIS for chronic disease prevention, and questions for each other in an informal, friendly way. The Network explores tools that CDC, the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) at Rice University, and other partners have developed and keeps GIS users informed about pertinent webinars and training opportunities. To receive email communications about GIS Network activities, please contact

Other Chronic Disease GIS Resources

Please visit the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention's GIS page to view more resources available to support GIS use in chronic disease programs. 


Past GIS Webinars

GIS Network Peer Exchange Webinar (June 2017) - Facilitated by MaryCatherine Jones, this CDC/NACDD webinar featured a State Health Improvement Partnership (Cate Bosserman, MN), another that demonstrates the use of maps to enhance cancer screening (James Kelley, MS), and a third that highlights Diabetes Prevention Programs (Dorota Carpenedo, MT). View the recording.

Top Tips for Beautiful, Informative Maps Webinar (April 2017) - Facilitated by MaryCatherine Jones, this CDC/NACDD webinar includes a presentation from CDC's Sharon Murphy on how to create clear, easy-to-read and effective GIS maps.

   Webinar recording
   Webinar slides
   Handout: Cartographic Guidelines for Public Health
   Handout: Step by Step Guide

Data Visualization Webinar (January 2017) - Facilitated by MaryCatherine Jones, NACDD and CDC hosted this 1305/1422 Epidemiology and Surveillance and GIS Network webinar on data visualization featuring presentations by Booker Daniels and Linda Scheib from CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention on effective data visualization strategies and the CDC GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke.

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

CDC Map Widget for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is excited to share 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:

500 Cities Project Initiative Website 

The 500 Cities Project interactive website allows users to retrieve, view, and explore uniformly-defined selected city and census tract-level data for the largest 500 US cities for conditions, behaviors, and risk factors that have a substantial impact on population health. The interactive mapping application also enables users to zoom in to their neighborhood and explore their local data in the larger context of their city. 

The project represents the first-of-its kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within these cities, to identify, analyze, and report data for 27 chronic disease measures.






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