The HealthLandscape team was busy last month in Chicago! We attended the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute (CHI) alongside health center staff, executives and board members, state and regional Primary Care Associations (PCAs), and Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). It’s the largest gathering of this audience each year and a great opportunity to interact with some of the 1,400 health center organizations that serve the United States. HealthLandscape was exhibiting, presenting, and training attendees on how to use the UDS Mapper.
What is the UDS Mapper? Health centers have, since the 1960s, served the underserved regardless of one’s ability to pay. Health centers funded under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Health Center Program are required to report patient, clinical, and operational data each year into the Uniform Data System, or UDS. The UDS Mapper allows health centers and stakeholders to map these data and compare with available resources and population data. Health centers use the UDS Mapper to create service area maps for various grant opportunities, do strategic planning, perform needs assessments, and much more. At CHI, HealthLandscape was offering UDS Mapper demonstrations in the exhibit hall and one-on-one UDS Mapper trainings. We presented The UDS Mapper Identifies Health Center Opportunities to Support the Health Care Safety Net: The Case of Rural Hospital Closures and displayed a poster entitled Exploring Health Center Penetration in Medicare Spending Priority Areas.
|Screenshot of UDS Mapper|
We love to get out and talk about ways to use health and population data (especially geospatial data) to better understand and serve our communities. It’s a great opportunity to meet the people who use our tools and get feedback on how to make the tools better. To that end, we at HealthLandscape have already started our busy fall – watch for more information on our upcoming appearances:
- Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 23-27, Philadelphia, PA
- Maryland Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC) Annual Conference, September 30 – October 1, Cambridge, MD
- URISA GIS-PRO, September 28 – October 2, New Orleans, LA
- Esri Health and Human Services Seminars, October 1 and 3, New York, NY and Raleigh, NC
- Nurse-Led Care Conference 2019, October 1-3, Nashville, TN
- AAFP Global Health Summit, October 7-12, Albuquerque, NM
- National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Financial, Operations Management / IT (FOM/IT) Conference, October 24-25, Chicago, IL
- American Public Health Association (APHA), November 2-6, Philadelphia, PA
- North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), November 16-20, Toronto, ON
- Florida Association of Community Health Centers UDS Training, November 21-22, Orlando, FL
User Engagement Specialist, HealthLandscape