“GIS is a computer system consisting of hardware and software used to store, manipulate, analyze, model, and display spatial and non-spatial data. Using this, the spatial aspects of health and illness can be studied. For example: where are diseases found, how are diseases related to the environment, and where do people go to seek health care. GIS data sets can be useful for many purposes. In public health, applications for GIS are becoming more accessible as geo-coded health data and environmental exposure data increasingly become available, and new and easier-to-use GIS software is developed.”
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- GIS and Public Health
- Injury Maps- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Injury Maps, CDC Injury Center’s interactive mapping system, provides access to the geographic distribution of injury-related mortality rates in the United States. Injury Maps allows you to create county-level and state-level maps of age-adjusted mortality rates for the entire United States and for individual states.
- Geographic Analysis Tool for Health & Environmental Research (GATHER)- Agency for Toxic Substances nad Disease Registry (ATSDR): GATHER is an online spatial data access system that provides members of the public health community access to spatial data that is pertinent to the analysis and exploration of public health issues.
Cancer Mortality Maps & Graphs – National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH: Provides interactive maps, graphs (which are accessible to the blind and visually-impaired), text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care – Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School: The Atlas project focuses on how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States.
EnviroMapper Storefront-(EPA): View federal, state, and local information about environmental conditions and features in an area of your choice.