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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments


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.


Congratulations to Our 2019 CSTE Annual Conference Scholarship Awardees!

NACDD will sponsor 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. Scholarships cover travel and registration fees.

We received many strong applications that demonstrated commitment to GIS in chronic disease prevention. The awardees are:

  • Kyle Waller, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • James Groh, Marion County Public Health Department
  • Elizabeth Harker, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Charles Reed, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
  • Alfred Erbowor-Becksen, Indiana State Department of Health 

We look forward to meeting them at the conference!

Join Us at CSTE!

NACDD is pleased to be a Bronze sponsor of this year's CSTE Annual Conference. Our NACDD consultants MaryCatherine Jones, Natasha McCoy, Hannah Herold and partners Joshua Tootoo (Rice University) and Linda Schieb (CDC) look forward to meeting you and hearing about your GIS work. Please come by our exhibit table or visit us at any of the following events:





GIS Network Exhibit table

Sun. 6/2-Wed. 6/6



Breakout Session:

State Health Departments Are Using GIS to Support Community-Clinical Linkages for Improving BPMA


Tues. 6/4


RCC, 306A

GIS Network Roundtable

Tues. 6/4

5:00-5:45pm (tentative)


1815/1817 Epi/Eval Roundtable

Wed. 6/5


RCC, 204


San Diego County Selected for GIS Training to Increase Cardiovascular Health Equity

NACDD is pleased to announce the selection of San Diego County for the 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 project is 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. 

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 are pleased to announce the selection of Minnesota and Vermont Health Departments for participation in the 2019 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 will work with staff from NACDD, CDC, and CEHI in the development and dissemination of translation products for maps related to heart disease and stroke prevention. CDC and NACDD look forward to this exciting work and sharing information on the process and final products developed by each state. 

Please direct questions concerning this project to Hannah Herold, 



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


CDC, NACDD and Rice University will offer a virtual GIS training for state and local health department staff this spring. This 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. This opportunity will be announced via the GIS Network email list and on this webpage. 


The web-based GIS training consists 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.



State Health Departments Attend 2019 GIS Training 

Four state health departments have completed their first of two in-person GIS training in the 2019 GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases. Four staff from each state (Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas) attended the training at Rice University in Houston, Texas February 6-8. The Chronic Disease Directors from these states participated in an in-person meeting at Rice on February 5 to learn and discuss their opportunities for building 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.

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. 


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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