5241.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

GIS In Public Health - Not Just Another Mapping Tool

This session will review the progress of the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department’s implementation of GIS technology in protecting and preserving public health. The Albuquerque Environmental Health Department developed its first application of this technology in 1989. Our experience with GIS has varied from the early-stages “Where-Is-It?” type maps to the level that it has begun to achieve, which is, the utilization of GIS technology for geographic analysis and decision making. The Air Quality Division uses the technology to determine where Department resources should be allocated in terms of addressing growth and its impact on the Albuquerque Air shed. GIS is also being used to tackle the issue of childhood asthma. One of the first steps in the Healthy Learners project was to identify the schools that had higher asthma rates and potential exposure to environmental insults, as well as other socio-economic factors, such as poverty levels and student mobility. The session will also review the Department’s process of implementing a Public Health Information System, which will integrate GIS technology into the day-to-day business applications of the department. Instead of using GIS as an occasional tool, the goal of this project is to integrate the data that various divisions collect and make it accessible to Department decision makers. Attendees can expect to gain insight into the process of implementing a geographic information system, learn from examples of utilization of GIS technology in Air Quality planning and from the experiences of a community-based asthma project
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Organizer(s):Sarah B. Kotchian, MEd, MPH
4:30 PMBladder cancer in Stratford, Connecticut: A spatial approach to the question ²is this waste site causing cancer in my community?²
Gary V. Archambault, MS, Michael B. Knapp, PhD
4:50 PMIdentification of disparate neighborhood health impacts and noxious land uses through thematic mapping
John Shea, MS
5:10 PMEstimating disparity in disaster exposure: using geographic information system (GIS) technology and best available data for Pitt County, North Carolina
Karen A. Mulcahy, PhD, James L. Wilson, PhD, Christopher J. Mansfield, PhD
5:30 PMHealthy Learners Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico - An Application of GIS Technology

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA