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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities
for State and Local Health Departments
OPEN TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
*NEW* Request for Applications for Local Health Department GIS Training Due 11/18/19
NACDD, in partnership with the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Applications for the 2019-2020 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in Local Health Departments.
Eligibility: This training is designed for local health departments to apply jointly, as a cluster, with other local health departments located nearby. Each health department in the cluster must serve a minimum of 50,000 people and at least one health department in the cluster must serve a population of 150,000 or larger. A cluster must include a minimum of 2 local health departments and a maximum of 5 local health departments.
Local Health Departments are not eligible to apply if they have already participated in the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases in Local Health Departments.
Funding: This in-kind award covers the cost of training and travel for staff from selected health departments to attend GIS training sessions at the local health department hosting the training. No funds are provided directly to the local health departments.
Application Deadline: November 18, 2019
Notification of Award: December 12, 2019
Question and Answer Session: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 2 –3pm EST; Advance registration is required - register here.
See the Frequently Asked Questions, updated 10-03-19. Please check often for additional updates.
Please direct questions regarding the RFA and FAQ to MaryCatherine Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Request for Applications for State Health Department GIS Training Due 10/28/19
NACDD, in partnership with the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, is pleased to announce the release of the 2019-2020 RFA for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) State Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and other Chronic Diseases.
Eligibility: State health departments that have attended fewer than two in-person CDC/NACDD/CEHI trainings for GIS Capacity Building are eligible to apply for this opportunity: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Funding: This in-kind award covers the cost of training and travel for staff from selected health departments to attend two GIS training sessions at Rice University in Houston, Texas. No funds are provided directly to the state health departments.
Application Deadline: October 28, 2019
Notification of Award: November 21, 2019
Two Question and Answer sessions were offered the week of 9/23. Recordings will be posted when they become available.
See the Frequently Asked Questions, updated 9-23-19. Please check often for additional updates. Please direct questions regarding the RFA and FAQ to MaryCatherine Jones (email@example.com).
Virtual GIS Training for State and Local Health Department Staff
We will be continuing our series of Virtual GIS Trainings offered by CEHI, Rice University. These webinar-based trainings are focused on developing practical mapping, analysis, and GIS skills. Each Virtual GIS Training will be held during the course of 10 days and will be open to 25 participants.
Next training: Displaying Data, October 8-15, 2019
Registration is first-come, first-serve and opens Tuesday, September 24 at 2pm ET. **Register here**.
Tuesday, October 8
This 90-minute 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
Thursday, October 10
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.
Tuesday. October 15
Assignments will be discussed as a group during a final 90 minute webinar.
Registration is limited to 30 participants. State and local health department staff working with chronic disease prevention programs will receive priority. Additional virtual trainings will be offered in 2019-2020. Opportunities are announced via the GIS Network email list and on this webpage.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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.
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 this fall.
Please direct questions concerning this project to Hannah Herold, email@example.com.
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.
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.
GIS Day 2019 is Wednesday, November 13
Participate in the international celebration of GIS! On this important day, help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society. It’s a chance for you to share your accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS. Stay tuned to this page for ways you can be involved in promoting GIS for chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Learn more about 101 ways you can be involved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
CDC Map Widget Makes It Easy to Keep Your Health Department Webpage Looking Fresh with Current Data
The CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) 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. Data are updated regularly. Learn more here.
Have you heard of the Well-being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework?
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.
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.
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.
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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd10.120321
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: https://doi.org/10.5888/ pcd16.180674. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6549438/
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: https://doi.org/ 10.5888/pcd16.180442. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6464039/
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.
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.
Booker Daniels presentation slides
Linda Schieb presentation slides
Handout: Infographics at CDC: A Standards Guide
Handout: Creative Brief template