Public Health Practice
Presentation Room: Library, Lobby Level
- Visualizing Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations Using an Interactive, Web-Based Map
Katherine Kendrick, Chris DuClos and Scott Pritchard, Florida Department of Health
Clustering of persons with vaccine exemptions can threaten herd immunity and increase risks for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD). We conducted a unique analysis to identify Florida census tracts with high proportions of religiously exempt children and developed a tool for persons to visualize the data. We used ArcGIS online to create an interactive, easily shared map. This tool helps state and county health departments target messaging and implement prevention strategies for VPDs.
- Using an Individualized Activity Prescription and Community Resource Map to Encourage Physical Activity
Christine Mettenbrink, Denver Public Health Department
Practitioners have little time to coach overweight/obese patients on available healthy community resources. Denver Public Health conducted a pilot project to assess the usefulness of an individualized activity prescription/healthy resource map to encourage families with overweight/obese children to engage in more physical activity.
How to use Data to Create Action: Community Response to Community Data Engenders a Rapid and Focused Response
Presentation Room: Azalea, Lobby Level
Sherry French, Alachua Count Sheriff's Office and Nancy Hardt, MD, University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida is a university town with many health system assets and more physicians per capita than anywhere in the nation. But hospitals and offices and physicians are not the whole solution to health care access issues. Local data indicated more advanced cancer diagnoses, more deaths from diabetes, and more repeat teen pregnancy than the rest of the state. Why should a county with many assets suffer more health disparities than the rest of Florida?
To answer the question, we used hot spot mapping and reached an unexpected conclusion. Health disparities were explained in large part by their co-location with social disparities. This information allowed the community to create novel partnerships to address issues with strategic placement of services in hot spot neighborhoods. A team of people who worked on, and still continue to work on, the project will present their roles and impressions.
Participants will leave with tools and suggestions to make the same changes in their communities.
Strategic Use of Resources
Presentation Room: Ivy 1, Lobby Level
- The Geography of PEPFAR 3.0
Nathan Heard and Jennifer Ward, U.S. Department of State
In 2014, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) pivoted its strategic planning framework to a geographic approach for epidemic control. PEPFAR built a program-wide health information system which enforces a multi-level standardized geography. PEPFAR's spatial data infrastructure spans 57 countries and includes geographic coordinates for over 46,000 clinical sites. PEPFAR leverages this system for improved spatial targeting of HIV treatment and prevention services.
- Geospatial Analyses: Efficient Allocation of Real Property and Human Capital Resources
Brian Holloway, DHHS FDA
The “shifts and expansions” within the FDA's field office locations and workforce dispersion can benefit from geospatial analyses to better align the workforce within geographic areas to support the FDA’s responsibility to protect the public’s health.
Chronic Disease Management
Presentation Room: Ivy 2, Lobby Level
- Hypertension & Food Security: Making the Connection for Policy Development
Bambi Bevill and Katharine VonRueden, New Mexico Department of Health
GIS displays prevalence of hypertension, access to health foods and locations of resources for disease prevention, including the Million Hearts Initiative in New Mexico. Network analysis is used to calculate drive-time informed service areas for at risk populations. Findings are used to improve policy. Participants will see the connection between food security and hypertension, and how NMDOH promotes public health policy to expand access for chronic disease prevention and management.
- Supporting Cancer Prevention Strategies Using Geospatial Analysis
Arthi Rao, Kenneth Portier and Liora Sahar, American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) considers Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) as key collaborators in increasing cancer screening rates among underserved populations. Researchers at ACS mapped the geographic distribution and coverage of FQHC service areas utilizing various GIS analysis and scripting techniques. The presentation provides a roadmap of using the service area analysis towards preventive programs at ACS.
Harnessing Data and Spatial Analytics for More Effective Interventions
Presentation Room: Grand Ballroom I, Lower Lobby Level
Tanya Bigos, Esri
The Healthcare market is changing, and with those changes comes new opportunities to bridge the barriers to better population health. To improve healthcare outcomes, organizations need to plan effective interventions that improve the lives of the people they serve and the health of their communities. The first step towards improved interventions is knowing where the greatest need is and the causes of poor healthcare outcomes. This session will provide an introduction to how GIS can play an important role in targeting high risk areas, planning interventions, and determining the key drivers of poor outcomes.