4082.0 GIS and Community Health Planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:30 AM
This session will focus on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool to improve access to health care and reduce disparities for vulnerable populations. A GIS system may be used to capture, manage, analyze, and display geographically referenced information. We begin with a study which used GIS technology to analyze the spatial aspects of inadequate access to prenatal care, highlighting non-economic barriers to access. We will then discuss a range of issues around the development of geographic area-specific data bases to track and analyze health disparities and facilitate planning, outreach, and quality improvement processes. One presentation will describe the use of GIS to improve the understanding and use of geographic proximity and associated factors to enhance chronic disease management. Finally, using a case study model, we will discuss the use of GIS technology in improving the community health assessment process.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: Recognize how to apply GIS techniques to find solutions to public health problems and craft more effective policy Explain the strengths and weaknesses of mapping as a community health planning tool Articulate uses of GIS in federally qualified health centers

11:00 AM
Expanding the borders of community health: Putting GIS in the hands of safety-net health centers for community health planning
A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, Karin Werner, MPH and Robert L. Phillips, MD, MSPH
11:15 AM
GIS analysis of diabetes related community factors within discrete, urban neighborhoods
Shana Stites, MA, Etienne J. Phipps, PhD and Nora Madison, BA
11:30 AM
Partnerships to improve local public health: Workforce surge capacity and new technologies advance community health assessments in North Carolina
Jennifer A. Horney, PhD, MA, MPH, CPH, Steve Ramsey, RS, Anjum Hajat, MPH, PhD, Meredith K. Anderson, MPH and Pia D.M. MacDonald, PhD, MPH

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing