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Health GIS
  It is clear that place is a strong determinant of health.1 However, it is not clear how to measure the impact of place on health nor the specific community characteristics that contribute to poor health outcomes. Recent advances in geographic information systems (GIS), including the creation of service area maps, are working toward a...
  The 2022 American Public Health Association National Public Health Week is April 4-10. This year’s theme, “Public health is where you are,” is apt for the team here at HealthLandscape. Most of us never considered public health when we went to college or made career plans. Some of us are sociologists. Some are geographers....
The origins of National Doctors Day, the day we honor and celebrate our physicians, might surprise you! National Doctors Day, celebrated on March 30 each year, marks the date “country doctor” Crawford Long, a physician and pharmacist from rural Georgia, first successfully anesthetized a patient with ether in 1842. However, the wife of another country...
Map showing screening rates by HHS region
  A recent White House press release describes President Biden’s efforts to reignite Cancer Moonshot, a campaign he launched in 2016 as Vice President. This program invested almost $2 billion in cancer research with a goal to reduce cancer death rates by more than 50% over 25 years. The reignition of Cancer Moonshot is partly...
  Despite the fact that nearly two-thirds of the total U.S. population have been fully vaccinated (two doses) against COVID-19, these numbers are much lower in specific parts of the U.S. For example, according to the New York Times, only 50% of Alabamians and Wyomingites are vaccinated, along with 51% of Mississippians and 52% of...
Research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened gaps in health equity across the U.S. A national survey by the Morehouse School of Medicine shows that decreases in access to care have contributed to increases in health disparities for the most vulnerable populations. The survey found that 50% of all respondents delayed or completely went...
Another year, another exciting time at Urban and Regional Information System Association’s (URISA) annual GIS-Pro conference. This time I traded the dry, desert landscape of Palm Springs (last year’s conference) for the overbearing humidity and heat of New Orleans. Not only was I looking forward to exploring a new city, but I attended this year’s...
HealthLandscape has joined the Esri Partner Network as a Silver Tier Partner.  As Silver Partners, HealthLandscape joins a global community of geographic information system (GIS) specialists offering expertise, solutions, and services in ArcGIS and related products. As a Silver Tier Partner, HealthLandscape receives exclusive communication and collaboration services, in addition to Esri software use and...
Family Health and Fitness Day, created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. Intended to show how important parks and recreation are to keeping their communities active and healthy, people are encouraged to visit their local parks to explore the recreational options available in their...
I had the opportunity to spend a few days last week in Washington, D.C. at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, where I presented a poster on research that explores access to treatment for opioid use disorder in high-need areas (maps below). My poster was part of the Geospatial Health Research Poster Session, which...
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