Online Program

Geographic Information Systems in public health data visualization, analysis and sharing

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Jared Shoultz, MA, Health and Human Services Industry Team, Esri, Redlands, CA
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are advancing rapidly in both technical capabilities and usage among public health organizations.  GIS is being applied successfully to address complex public health challenges by providing a platform for data visualization, analysis and sharing. Adopting a location strategy in public health promotes collaboration, stakeholder engagement and data-driven decisions by leveraging the spatial component inherent in most datasets.  Nowadays, useful data may come from federal agencies or internal data sets derived from registries or client encounters.  Data from sensors and social media can be used along with data from commercial data providers that are often already linked and accessible within a modern GIS platform.  The integration of these data sources with GIS allows mapping and analysis capabilities to be accessed across your organization by both GIS and non-GIS users regardless of technical skills or expertise.  Users can take advantage of GIS capabilities from traditional desktop software, mobile devices, web maps or other existing software, systems and devices.  Operationally GIS can be deployed without complex development and coding that often delays implementations and results in unsustainable systems. As with most information technology, GIS can be operationalized through a variety of models ranging from a completely on-premises solution to one that leverages the Internet and cloud capabilities to meet even the most demanding security and technical requirements.  This presentation will provide a live interactive demonstration of how to fully leverage a GIS platform across your organization, coupled with real world examples of success stories from your peers.  The demonstration will cover the use of GIS to produce a story map that explains a complex health issue and the development of an intervention strategy.  Attendees will also learn how to launch a GIS open data portal. A final demonstration will show how clients can use GIS tools to locate services and community resources while an organization uses the same tool to track operations. GIS methods and tools will be explained with context and examples that will allow the attendees to take what they have learned back to their organization and be champions for the adoption of GIS technology.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
List at least 5 different ways GIS can be used in a typical Public Health organization. Discuss examples of how GIS has been successfully used by other Public Health organizations with peers. Identify existing workflows in an organization that would benefit from GIS capabilities.

Keyword(s): Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Decision-Making

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 19 years of experience with GIS and Public Health in academic, governmental and commercial capacities ranging from Informatics Director to Deputy Director for a large state agency managing IT/IS, Vital Records and other registries, grants and divisions. I have taught GIS and served as a Senior GIS Research Associate designing and implementing enterprise GIS environments. I have brought this expertise to Esri, the world’s leading GIS software development company, to focus on Health.
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.