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3037.1: Monday, November 05, 2007 - Table 6

Abstract #152886

Open source GIS for public health and policy research

Lisa M. Jordan, PhD, Department of Geography, Florida State University, Room 323 Bellamy Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2190, (850) 644-8386, ljordan@fsu.edu

(1) Background: free, open source GIS options are increasingly available and user-friendly, allowing public health practitioners to conduct research and visually document spatial patterns in health. (2) Objective/purpose: This paper discusses the types of open source GIS software available, as well as the methodologies used in the presentation and visualization of health information. (3) Methods: This paper advances open source by surveying available software, spatial health data, and commonly used GIS functions that are of particular relevance to both public health experts and policy makers. (4) Results: The availability of health information, and related data, from federal agencies opens many avenues for presentation of disease patterns, correlates, and inequities through space and time, as well as the presentation of resource distribution and policy efficacy as related to health care. (5) Discussion/conclusions: As open source GIS software and spatial data become more accessible, public health practitioners and policy makers can more easily target specific health concerns and promote improvements in resource management.

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Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Health Information

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
Any institutionally-contracted trials related to this submission?

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

GIS Mapping, Global Health Surveillance and Public Policy

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