244496 Using online mapping tools for strategic health planning and policy making for the health care safety net

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:50 PM

Jennifer Rankin, PhD , Robert Graham Center, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH , Robert Graham Center, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
Sean Finnegan, BS , Robert Graham Center, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
Adam Schertz, MS , Robert Graham Center, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
Mark Carrozza, MA , HealthLandscape, Cincinnati, OH
Jene' Grandmont, MA , HealthLandscape, Cincinnati, OH
In a period of landmark health system reform and safety net expansion, it is essential that health planners and policy makers have access to tools and data that can assist in evaluating the geographic reach, penetration and growth of the health care safety net. The UDS Mapper was developed in response to this need for the Health Resources and Services Administration, and is freely accessible to the public. The UDS Mapper is a mapping and decision-support tool driven primarily from data within the Uniform Data System (UDS). These annually reported data from the federally-funded Community Health Centers (CHCs) have previously not been available at the local level. Users of the Mapper can see where areas are already well-served by CHCs, identify areas for the development of additional health care safety net services, and pull down data for additional analyses. To date, over 3000 people have registered for access to the Mapper for advocacy and grantwriting, but also for policy and grantmaking purposes. Users include federal funders and policy makers, organizations conducting statewide plans for safety net expansion, state and local health departments, and community planners. The UDS Mapper continues to evolve based on user input to include additional policy-relevant tools and functionality.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to evaluate the current state of the federal community health center coverage of their community, and formulate relevant planning questions related to expansion of the safety-net in that area.

Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Safety Net Providers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a degree in geography and am currently pursuing my master's degree in Geographic Information Sciences. I am an integral part of the Robert Graham Center Web-based geoanalytical team and work on all of the mapping tools that will be discussed in the presentation.
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.