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GIS Trainings


Virtual GIS Training for State and Local Health Department Staff (ongoing)

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 30 participants. State and local health department staff receive priority. Additional trainings will be announced in 2020 on this page and via the GIS Network. To join the GIS Network, please email Hannah Herold ( 

Upcoming Virtual Training: Cartography

May 26, 12-1:30pm ET: Interactive Lecture
May 28, 12-1:30pm ET: Technical Q&A Session
May 29: Assignment Due
June 2, 12-1:30pm ET: Group Discussion

In this training, we will discuss map design fundamentals and how to use GIS as a communication tool. The lecture will include a hands-on activity demonstrating typical workflows used when preparing maps for publication. Since this module is focused on refining existing maps, we ask that participants come prepared with a map project of their own. Instead of an assignment, participants will apply the cartographic best practices to their current work.

To register, visit

Local Health Department GIS Training

Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s County Health Departments are participating in the 2020 GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases in Local Health Departments program. These health departments compiled stellar teams of staff to receive training on GIS, and we look forward to seeing maps they develop.

State Health Department GIS Training 

State health departments from Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Utah are participating in the 2019-2020 GIS State Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and other Chronic Conditions. These health departments are participating in a series of virtual and in-person trainings at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2020. 



View the posters presented on the GIS Capacity Building project at the NACDD Virtual Public Health Showcase on January 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.



GIS Hallmarks: Building a Culture of GIS in Your Health Department

Working with the Chronic Disease Directors, the guidance team members from CDC, NACDD, and CEHI developed a set of GIS Hallmarks that describe the components needed to support the integration of GIS into daily operations within the health department. 

The GIS Hallmarks, endorsed by NACDD’s Cardiovascular Health Council, address a variety of GIS capacity issues that fall within the purview of Chronic Disease Directors and their colleagues in leadership positions, such as:

  1. developing a GIS-savvy workforce,
  2. using GIS to improve partnerships and relationships,
  3. using GIS to address health equity and social determinants of health, and
  4. providing financial and administrative resources to support the use of GIS with chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.

View printable slides about the GIS Hallmarks that were presented at the NACDD Virtual Public Health Showcase in January 2020. View the complete GIS Hallmarks here.

Diabetes Prevention Program Site List Updated and Geocoded (Spring 2019)

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

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.



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.

GIS Network Peer Exchange Webinar (June 2017) - 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) - This CDC/NACDD webinar includes a presentation 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) - 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


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.

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