182120 Basic GIS Concepts (GIS 101)

Saturday, October 25, 2008: 1:45 PM

Rebecca Wynn Amerson , Division of Reproductive Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
GIS 101 section: There is a growing need among health care providers to understand the spatial relationship and impact of spatial factors on human health. The current availability of powerful desktop computers and georeferenced environmental, socio-economic, and other health data have led to the recognition of geographic information systems (GIS) as powerful tools for health care research and epidemiology. The GIS 101 section of this training is designed for the health professional with minimal GIS knowledge and skills, and will provide the basic GIS terminology and science needed to use and understand the RH Atlas.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this workshop, the student will be able to:
1. Describe and apply the use of GIS in reproductive health and community health assessment.
2. Use the Atlas to:
access reproductive health data for their local area as well as adjacent areas, and larger regional areas for comparison to their local area
produce maps for reports and presentations
compare reproductive health indicators across different demographic groups, and geographic areas
3. List and describe the strengths and limitations of the Atlas.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Rebecca Wynn Amerson received her B.S. degree in Education from Winthrop University in 1976 and her Masters in Business Administration in 1980. She came to CDC in 1991 as a contractor in Information Services for the Division of HIV/AIDS. She moved to the Division of Reproductive Health as an Information Technology Specialist in 1992. She has designed many Reproductive Health Surveys for the Division at domestic and international studies. She has prepared documentation and provided training and consultation for various clients conducting surveys. In January 2007, she moved to the Services Management & Research Translation Team of the Applied Sciences Branch within DRH. In January 2008, she became a Public Health Advisor and currently serves on a variety of projects and as team trainer for the Reproductive Health Atlas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.