204951 Community health centers, Latino migrants, and GIS: Exploring Salud Migrante

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:30 AM

Lindsay Withers , Research Assistant, The Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC
Lauren S. Hughes, MPH , Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Mary Puttmann, MSc , School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Scott S. Robinson, PhD , Department of Anthropology, Universidad Metropolitana, Mexico DF, Mexico
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH , Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC
Background: Geographic information systems (GIS), including HealthLandscape, are crucial for health centers to assess local communities, patient distributions, and service areas. We explore whether this tool helps four community health centers better understand their Latino migrant and resident patients they serve.

Methods: We first reviewed the literature on GIS use in community clinics and on demographic and health data of Latino migrant workers in the U.S. After inviting pilot grantees to utilize HealthLandscape, we conducted needs assessments of the centers' mapping goals, encouraged them to map publicly available data pertinent to their community's health indices, and securely upload their own data. Lastly, we trained and evaluated the health centers' and migrant organizations' use of the software. The qualitative evaluations assessed its strengths and weaknesses as a GIS planning instrument that prepared the centers and organizations for a population-specific health insurance program.

Results: This project is set for completion in September 2009. In this session, we will discuss the HealthLandscape training and evaluation process, as well as highlight, through mapping use cases, the successes and limitations the grantees experienced.

Conclusions: The HealthLandscape online software offers community health centers serving Latino migrants a unique opportunity to further understand the communities and populations they serve. Understanding their service areas and penetration rates, diagnoses distributions, related costs, and surrounding community characteristics enhances clinical marketing and outreach initiatives, activities important to the implementation of Salud Migrante among participating Latino migrant organizations.

Learning Objectives:
Explain the strengths and limitations of using an online mapping tool to bolster preparations of a new population-specific health center program or initiative. Identify the components and uses of an internet-based mapping tool focused on primary health care. Describe the process of evaluation needed to assess an internet-based mapping tool's usability and effectiveness at enhancing mapping goals and clinical initiatives.

Keywords: Migrant Workers, Community Health Centers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MPH, The George Washington University; MD (Candidate), May 2009, University of Iowa; Former AmeriCorps volunteer in a community health center; Intern with The Robert Graham Center, Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care
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.