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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments


Save the Date! All In National Meeting 2019

Baltimore, MD October 15-17, 2019

Across the country, communities are working to improve population health and whole-person wellness through partnerships that bring diverse sectors together to unleash the full potential of their data. The All In National Meeting is the premiere in-person event that brings these data sharing pioneers together to share solutions and accelerate our progress toward improved health equity for all. For the first time, registration is open to anyone who wants to participate! The meeting will feature inspiring plenary discussions with leading experts, community breakout sessions sharing practical lessons and advice, opportunities to network with those with similar interests, and much more.

Learn more and register

Diabetes Prevention Program Site List Updated and Geocoded

The Division of Diabetes Translation has updated and geocoded their list of recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs. Access the list here.


Learn about the New Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) 

The Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) is an ArcGIS-based tool that enables users to input their own data to generate reliable, local-level age-standardized measures of chronic disease or other population health outcomes. The RST uses Bayesian modelling techniques to generate population health estimates and enables users to evaluate statistical uncertainty of the estimates. The RST is especially useful for estimating population health measures when the population or number of events is small. More information on the RST is available here.


Please contact Joshua Tootoo ( with questions.


GIS Network Scholarships Awarded

NACDD, CDC, and Rice University awarded  travel scholarships to the National Summit on Social Determinants of Health June 23-25, 2019, in Washington, DC to Desiree Jonas (Florida) and Shelby Vadjunec (Wisconsin). The scholarship opportunity was open to members of the Chronic Disease GIS Network who use GIS to address social determinants of health related to cardiovascular disease and health equity. 


NACDD sponsored five members of the GIS Network to attend the 2019 Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference, June 2-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Scholarship recipients were Kyle Waller (Missouri), James Groh (Marion County, Ind.), Elizabeth Harker (Texas), Charles Reed (Montana), and Alfred Erbower-Becksen (Indiana). 


Publish Your GIS Work in Preventing Chronic Disease!

NACDD has developed a template with practical information to assist state and local health department GIS users in gathering and organizing information they need to prepare GIS Snapshots for this peer-reviewed journal. View published GIS Snapshots here.

San Diego County Health Department and Partners Participate in Multisector GIS Training to Increase Cardiovascular Health Equity

San Diego County and partners participated in a multisector GIS training in early July 2019. CDC, NACDD and CEHI conducted a GIS training July 9-10 for San Diego County Health Department, which was selected for our project 2019 Enhancing Capacity to Use GIS for a Multisector Approach to Reducing the Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke and Increasing Cardiovascular Health Equity. The purpose of this project was to increase the capacity of local health departments or other organizations participating in CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) cooperative agreement (CDC-RFA-DP18-1813) to use GIS for a multisector approach to reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke and improving cardiovascular health equity, with a focus on high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Staff from San Diego County, 211 San Diego, the Family Health Centers of San Diego, and San Ysidro Health participated in the training. Project partners will work together to use GIS and maps to improve community-clinical linkages for San Diego residents. Training content included displaying spatial data, proximity-based analyses, documenting bi-directional referrals, and an introduction to the Rate Stabilizing Tool.

For additional information about this project, please contact Hannah Herold,


GIS Translation/Dissemination Project for State Health Departments

The CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD and Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) at Rice University were pleased to work with Minnesota and Vermont health departments in the 2019 pilot of the GIS Translation/Dissemination Capacity Building for State Health Departments: Advancing the Translation and Dissemination of Maps for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention project. Teams from each state and their partners worked with staff from NACDD, CDC, and CEHI in the development and dissemination of translation products, such as infographics and slide decks, for maps related to blood pressure medication adherence. CDC and NACDD look forward to sharing information on the pilot and final products developed by each state. 

Please direct questions concerning this project to Hannah Herold, 



The Well-being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework is officially launched!

100 Million Healthier Lives and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics has launched the WIN Measurement Framework: Measures for Improving Health, Well-Being, and Equity Across Sectors, #WINmeasures. These measures show connections between social conditions, health, community and well-being. Here’s a sample of what you can find on the WIN website

·        Core Measures: Well-being of people, well-being of places, and equity

·        Leading Indicators: Demographics, Community Vitality, Economy, Education, Environment and Infrastructure, Food and Agriculture, Health, Housing, Public Safety, and Transportation

The WIN Framework draws from existing resources, such as County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, City Health Dashboard, and US News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities. 


Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas State Health Departments Complete GIS Training at Rice University

Four state health departments completed in-person GIS training in the 2019 GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases. The Chronic Disease Directors from these states participated in a new component on increasing and sustaining GIS capacity.

A collaboration between the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD and Rice, this GIS training is the only national GIS training that is specific to the data sources and public health context of state health department chronic disease practitioners. More information about the GIS Capacity Building project is available on the CDC website.

View Frequently Asked Questions about the RFA associated with this opportunity.

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

CDC, NACDD and Rice University offer virtual GIS trainings for state and local health department staff. These webinar is designed to take place over the course of 6 working days (Tuesday-Tuesday), including a virtual training session, 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. Opportunities are announced via the GIS Network email list and on this webpage. 


Web-based GIS trainings consist of four major components over the course of a week:


Interactive Lecture: One 90-minute webinar.

The webinar will include a lecture and hands on activities. 

At the end of the webinar, participants will be given an assignment to complete during the week.


Technical Question and Answer Session.

Following the webinar, participants will be invited to submit questions related to the content covered and the associated assignment.

This information will be used for an interactive Q & A session scheduled for Thursday of the same week.


Assignment Due

Assignments will be turned in at the end of the week.


Group Discussion

Assignments will be discussed as a group during a final 90 minute webinar.



GIS Network

 Sponsored by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), the Chronic Disease GIS 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. 


Miranda ML, Casper M, Tootoo J, Schieb L. Putting Chronic Disease on the Map: Building GIS Capacity in State and Local Health Departments. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:120321. DOI:

Brissette I, Casper M, Huston SL, Jordan M, Karns B, Kippes C, et al. Application of Geographic Information Systems to Address Chronic Disease Priorities: Experiences in State and Local Health Departments. Prev Chronic Dis 2019;16:180674. DOI: pcd16.180674.

Quick H, Tootoo J, Li R, Vaughan AS, Schieb L, Casper M, et al. The Rate Stabilizing Tool: Generating Stable Local-Level Measures of Chronic Disease. Prev Chronic Dis 2019;16:180442. DOI: 10.5888/pcd16.180442.


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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