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Either through past employment stints or through school, I’ve only had the opportunity to attend a stray poster session or a symposium, but never a full-on professional national conference. Ever since I entered the GIS field in graduate school, the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California always seemed so far away, financially and logistically....
As the User Engagement Specialist at HealthLandscape, my primary purpose is to make your HealthLandscape experience just that – an experience. Our top priority is you – our users. No matter how long you have been using the tool or why you are using the tool, your user experience is important to us. We listen...
How does ACO Quality Performance vary by savings or losses? Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries that are being touted as potential solutions for the inefficiency and fragmentation of the U.S. healthcare system.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has several...
People often ask me what drew me into a career involving maps.  Of course I took social studies classes in grade school to learn basic geography and I had to study and understand the maps that were parts of history lessons, but I never took a dedicated geography class. It was actually just a serendipitous...
GIS Day has been celebrated annually on the third Wednesday of November since 1999. Over the past 16 years, it has grown from a small, informal celebration to an international phenomenon, with over 1,000 events taking place around the world. The goal of the celebration is to show off all of the amazing things that...
The Hospital Readmissions ReductionProgram (HRRP) requires hospitals to pay penalties if Medicare readmissions for common diagnosis are too high.  Despite increasing evidence that readmissions are more a result of social factors largely outside the control of hospitals, readmission rates and penalties are not risk-adjusted for socio-economic factors.  Not surprising given the socio-economics of the region,...
How does Place Matter to the health of the public and the health of an individual? I have a catch-phrase answer I use that says simply “Because Everything Happens Somewhere.”  This deceptively simplistic response actually hides a fair amount of complexity.  Where a person lives, where they spend many hours working during a year, and...
Place matters to personal and population health.  The social determinants of health have begun to shape public health and policy interventions and neighborhood socioeconomic and demographic characteristics play significant roles in influencing health outcomes.  The continued realization that place matters has led to the emergence of the field of population health, which includes health determinants,...
How do you measure health promotion activities in your region? What performance indicators show that your health promotion efforts are producing results? We’re curious because one of our partner organizations, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati,* has shifted its strategic direction away from access to care and toward health promotion. Now called Interact for Health,...
Source: http://www.nachc.com In honor of National Health Center Week, we’re highlighting the UDS Mapper, a tool we developed on behalf of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Robert Graham Center. Although the UDS Mapper is intended specifically for the use of community health centers, it’s a great data source for anyone interested in...
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