182131 Hands-on application of the RH Atlas using RH scenarios

Saturday, October 25, 2008: 3:30 PM

Mary D. Brantley, MPH , Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Rebecca Wynn Amerson , Division of Reproductive Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Gary Stuart, MPH , Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Hands-on exercise – Students will explore several reproductive health scenarios using the Reproductive Health Atlas. Exercises developed by the team for each scenario will be used to guide the students as they explore the capabilities of the atlas and learn how GIS is used in reproductive health. Students will be provided with a workbook with structured directions for solving each problem using the RH Atlas. There will be discussion during and after the exercises. Students will be encouraged to develop their own scenarios once they gain expertise with the 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: Mary Brantley received her BA degree from Mercer University in biology, and her MPH degree from Emory University in epidemiology. She worked for the state of Georgia as a maternal and child health epidemiologist for 7-years and as program manager for the Office of Perinatal Epidemiology for 4 years. She came to CDC in 1997 as an epidemiologist for the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH). Her experience in GIS began while she was at the state department of health, and because of this experience, she was asked to help develop GIS expertise within DRH and later within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion. Her current GIS activities include: Co-leader of CDC/ATSDR GIS user group and manager of the group’s GIS listserve; Project leader for CDC’s Reproductive Health Atlas; Community Contact for Human Health and Disease Community of the Geospatial One-Stop portal project.
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.