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

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

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 participating state health departments learn GIS skills and 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.

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.


RFA Information

The 2016-2017 application period has closed.

View the 2016-2017 RFA for State Health Departments

View the RFA's Question and Answers document 


Additional Information

An additional GIS-related RFA for state health departments will be released in December 2016. The additional RFA will be for intermediate/advanced GIS users in state health departments, will include one 2.5 day in-person training at Rice University. Informaition will be posted as it becomes available.

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

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Phone (770) 458-7400
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