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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Opportunities

for State and Local Health Departments



Request for Applications for GIS Training for REACH Grantees

The goal of 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 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. 

Key Dates

Application Open: Tuesday, February 5, 2019.Click here for RFA. Click here for application instructions. 

Application Q&A Session: Monday, February 11, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs - Updated February 12, 2019

Application Due Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

Notification Date: Monday, March 18, 2019

Eligibility: All REACH Grantees are eligible to apply.

For additional information about this project, including questions about the application process, please contact Hannah Herold,

For technical questions related to filling out and submitting the application form, please contact Joshua Tootoo, 


Request for Applications for GIS Translation/Dissemination Project for State Health Departments

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 Request for Applications (RFA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Capacity Building for State Health Departments: Advancing the Translation and Dissemination of Maps for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The goal of this project is to increase state health department capacity to use GIS products with partners in the surveillance, planning and evaluation of programs and policies related to the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure (HBP) and high blood cholesterol (HBC). The focus of this project is to develop translation and dissemination plans and products that incorporate maps and other GIS techniques to enhance the diagnosis and management, including medication adherence, of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.  

 All state health departments are eligible to apply.

Please note the following important dates:

RFA Question and Answer Session: January 31, 2019. View the recording.

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs - Updated February 11, 2019. 

Due date: February 22, 2019

Notice of Award: March 8, 2019

Please direct questions concerning this RFA to Hannah Herold, 



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

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, March 5-11, 2019

Due to overwhelming demand, we are offering a repeat of the introductory course to ArcGIS Pro that was offered in January 2019. In this one-week intensive web-based GIS training course, we will discuss how to manage a map project and symbolize data in ArcGIS Pro. We will also explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing. 


Registration:    Opens Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:00pm ET 

      Register here


Class Size:        Limited to the first 25 registrants

This web-based GIS training will take place over the course of 6 business days (Tuesday-Tuesday). The webinars will take place during regular hours of business, and there will be assignments that need to be completed. Participants are expected to attend all three virtual sessions and complete the assignments. ArcGIS Pro software is required for participation (a trial version is available to those without access to the software).


Learning Objectives

• Discuss the use of GIS in public health settings

• Introduce the ArcGIS (Pro & Online) interface and key terms/concepts

• Become familiar with using web maps 


The web-based GIS training consists of four major components:


Tues., March 5:  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.


Thurs., March 7: 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.


Fri., March 8: Assignment Due

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


Tues., March 11: Group Discussion

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


CDC, NACDD and Rice University will offer two additional virtual 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. 



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.






National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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