238224 Virginia Rural Health Data Portal

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:30 AM

Steve Sedlock, MURP, GISP , Executive Director, Virginia Network for Geospatial Health Research, Richmond, VA
Ken Cook , Director of Technical Assistance, Virginia Rural Health Resource Center, Roanoke, VA
Beth O'Connor, MEd , Executive Director, Virginia Rural Health Resource Center, Blacksburg, VA
Kimber Simmons , Program Manager, Virginia Economic Bridge, Radford, VA
The Virginia Rural Health Data Portal provides public health and social determinant data at the county and census tract levels, as well as some data at the address level. Introduced for public use in November 2009, the portal is composed of two components: the statistical component and the geospatial component. The geospatial component provides data on hospitals, HPSA designations, prenatal care, health insurance, child care, mobility, infant mortality, mobility, PQI, poverty, and other demographics. Though users are mostly from the rural health community, data is available for the entire state, regardless of classification, and to anyone with Web browsing capability. Workforce data, disease surveillance data, and functional enhancements will be added to the portal over the next 12 months through a grant from the Virginia Department of Health.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the public health applications of the Virginia Rural Health Data Portal.

Keywords: Rural Health, Geographic Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Developed the GIS component of the data portal
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.