It truly has been a Wonderful Year. We brought in great new staff, completed some exciting, innovative projects, and had the opportunity to share our research in print and presentations around the country.
Welcome Morgan Walker
Morgan Walker joined HealthLandscape in April 2022. Their primary responsibilities include database management and analysis, map creation, and programming. Morgan has extensive experience managing geospatial projects, using a variety of GIS platforms, and conducting spatial epidemiology research. Their research interests include public health, infectious disease epidemiology, and zoonoses. They earned a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Florida and a BS in Ecology and Biology from the University of Georgia. Read Morgan’s latest research:
Walker, M. A., Tan, L., Dang, L., Van Khang, P., Ha, H., Hung, T., Blackburn, J.K., et al. (2022). Spatiotemporal Patterns of Anthrax, Vietnam, 1990–2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 28(11), 2206-2213. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2811.212584.
“What’s the coolest thing you did at work this year?”
I randomly asked folks at HealthLandscape for an immediate, off-the-cuff response to “What’s the coolest thing you did at work this year?” Their answers tell you everything about what it’s like to be at HealthLandscape — solving, learning, creating, integrating. I can’t ask for anything better than that.
|“Solving a complex methodology issue for a workforce analysis”||“Learning Tableau for data visualizations and being creative”||“Learning Power BI and creating a valuable community tool”|
|“Creating a mapping platform integrating all-payer-claims-data (ACPD) with social determinants of health measures”||“Creating reusable R code to streamline processing of data for multiple projects”|
New Innovations for Primary Care
Introducing SAPPHIRE — Service Area PoPulation Health ImpRovEment Mapping Tool
SAPPHIRE allows family physicians to upload patient counts by ZIP Code to view their service area in the context of community-level social determinants of health.
- Do your patients with uncontrolled diabetes live in areas with low access to healthy foods?
- How does my patient panel compare to community data on vehicle access?
- What does asthma prevalence look like in my practice footprint or service area?
Understanding social determinants of health for the area you serve is an important part of population health. The community-context in which your patients live can inform both diagnosis and treatment for many conditions. Developing a no-cost tool ensures that all providers have access to these data.
Introducing MEdPPath — Medical Education Potential Pathways Mapping Tool
HealthLandscape has developed a new set of data visualization and mapping tools that explore factors that can affect educational success and limit aspiration and access to health professions. MEdPPath is a suite of three tools. Two tools allow the user to investigate indicators correlated with educational success at either the county or census tract level, respectively. The third tool plots schools and programs that may benefit from targeting areas of need within their sphere of influence.
HealthLandscape 2022 Research
Research informs and drives our work at HealthLandscape. And while research productivity is important, even more valuable is the collaborations that we enjoy with partners. We always appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded researchers.
Jacquez F, Topmiller M, Morris JL. Collaborative Community Development for Early Childhood Wellness: A Participatory Evaluation of Communities Acting for Kids Empowerment (CAKE). In: Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development. Edward Elgar Publishing; 2022. p. 200–17.
DeVetter N, Westfall JM, Carrozza MA, Westfall E. Calling Your Aunt Bertha for Social Assets: Family Medicine and Social Determinants of Health. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. 2022;13:1–6.
Flores-Rodarte J, Topmiller M, Jabbarpour Y. The distribution of Spanish-speaking family physicians, 2013-2019. American Family Physician. 2022;105(6):654–5.
Kane K, Topmiller M. Expanding Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Priority Areas: The Role of Certified Nurse-Midwives. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2022;67(3):314–20.
Vaughn L, Eigel Miller N, Michael T, Semanova O, Jonelle P, Bouvay K, et al. Evaluating School Profiles to Determine Risk for Teen Suicide. Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2022;9(2):738–50.
Carrozza MA, Topmiller M, McCann JL, Rankin JL. Spatial Social Polarization and Access to Mental Health Services. Oral Presentation presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Krist AH, Sabo R, Carrozza MA, Topmiller M, Preston M, Chapman D, et al. Use of Stool Based CRC Screening, Being Up to Date with Screening, and Mortality. Poster presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Topmiller M, Beck A, Carrozza M. Accessing Public Datasets. Guest Lecture presented at: Community Leaders Institute; 2022 Feb 28; Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, University of Cincinnati.
Topmiller M, Carrozza MA, Rankin JL. Exploring Health Center Geographic Variation of Flu Vaccination Coverage & the Impact of COVID-19. Oral Presentation presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Topmiller M, Krist AH, Carrozza MA, Sabo R, Vissman AT, Huffstetler AN, et al. Using Mapping to Identify Priority Areas for Combating the Opioid Epidemic in the State of Virginia. Poster presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Topmiller M, McCann JL, Carrozza MA. Place Matters: Mapping Service Areas for Population Health Improvement (Introductory GIS). Preconference Workshop presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Topmiller M, Rankin J. COVID-19: New UDS Mapper Tools & Research on Health Center Behavioral Health Services Usage. Oral Presentation presented at: National Association; 2022 Feb 15; Virtual.
Topmiller M, Rankin JL, McCann JL, Carrozza MA. Targeting High-Need, High-Minority Geographies for Behavioral Health. Poster presented at: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting; 2022 Nov 18; Phoenix, AZ.
Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Carrozza MA, Grandmont J, Walker M. Exploring Health Center Presence in COVID-19 Mortality “Bright Spot” Counties. Poster presented at: National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute; 2022 Aug 28; Chicago, IL.
Carrozza M, Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Grandmont J, Walker M. Co-Location of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Clinicians. HealthLandscape; 2022 Jun.
Carrozza M, Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Grandmont J, Walker M. Measuring IBH Potential: Weighting for “Probable” and “Possible” Collaborations. HealthLandscape; 2022 Jun.
Topmiller M. Exploring Health Center Geographic Variation of Colorectal Cancer Screening and the Impact of COVID-19 [Internet]. Health Resources and Services Administration; 2022. Available from: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bphc/datareporting/research/hc-variation-cancer-screening-covid-19.pdf
Topmiller M. Identifying COVID-19 Mortality and Social Deprivation Hot Spots and Exploring Opportunities for Health Center Response [Internet]. Health Resources and Services Administration; 2022. Available from: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bphc/datareporting/research/covid-19-mortality-deprevation-hot-spots.pdf
Topmiller M. Identifying Health Centers in Areas with Low Rates of Vaccine Confidence and High Rates of Unvaccinated or Incomplete Vaccination [Internet]. Health Resources and Services Administration; 2022. Available from: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bphc/datareporting/research/hc-areas-covid-19-vaccine-confidence.pdf
Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Grandmont J, Walker M, Carrozza M. Identifying Health Center Behavioral Health Bright Spots [Internet]. HealthLandscape; 2022 Jun. Available from: https://healthlandscape.org/geospatial-analysis/
Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Grandmont J, Walker M, Carrozza M. Measuring Behavioral Health Need & Treatment Capacity [Internet]. HealthLandscape; 2022 Jun. Available from: https://healthlandscape.org/geospatial-analysis/
Topmiller M, Rankin J, McCann J, Grandmont J, Walker M, Carrozza M. Targeting High-Need, High-Minority Geographies: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care [Internet]. HealthLandscape; 2022 Jun. Available from: https://healthlandscape.org/geospatial-analysis/
Thank You and Looking to 2023
We are looking forward to another busy year at HealthLandscape. As usual, we will be soliciting user feedback, creating new geospatial tools, and working to help family physicians, patients, and communities better understand where they live using population health and other data. Stay tuned for our 2023 plans!