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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments


Pending Award: Request for Applications (RFA) for GIS Training for State Health Departments! 

NACDD, CDC, and the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University are reviewing applications for the Request for Applications for the 2019 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) State Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases. This GIS training is for staff working with state health department chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs. A Chronic Disease Director component, new for 2019, will assist state health department leaders to build and sustain GIS capacity and support staff development of GIS-related Chronic Disease Competencies. 

Selected state health departments send four staff working with chronic disease prevention programs to attend two in-person and one virtual training at Rice University in Houston, Texas. 

Chronic Disease Directors for selected state health departments will attend one in-person meeting in February 2019 and four conference calls between January and May 2019. The tentative schedule is available in the RFA. Content will focus on integration of GIS into health department infrastructure and GIS sustainability.

Applications were due December 14, 2018; awardees will be notified by close of business December 21, 2018.

The Frequently Asked Questions document contains answers to common questions regarding the RFA. Please direct RFA-related questions to MaryCatherine Jones at


Webinar-Based GIS Trainings for State and Local Health Department Staff

Following two webinar-based trainings in this fall, CDC, NACDD and Rice University will offer three additional trainings for state and local health department staff in 2019. Each webinar is designed to take place over the course of 6 working days (Tuesday-Tuesday), including a virtual training, Q&A session, and homework. Registration is limited to 25 participants. State and local health department staff working with chronic disease prevention programs will receive priority. These will be announced via the GIS Network email list and on this webpage. 

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. 


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. 

Past GIS Network 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


Are you All In?

All In: Data for Community Health is a nationwide learning collaborative that helps communities build capacity to address the social determinants of health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. Find out more here

CDC Map Widget for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) has developed an Interactive Heart Disease and Stroke Map Widget to help state and local health departments and other organizations to 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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