Esri Health and Human Services
GIS Conference

September 14 - 16, 2015  |  Atlanta, Georgia

Technical Workshops

  • Monday, November 3
  • 1:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 4
  • 1:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 5
  • 8:00am – 12:15pm

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ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS: How They Can Be Used in a Typical Health Organization

ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS provide a rich set of web GIS tools for embedding GIS capabilities throughout a typical health organization while providing an enterprise tool for content management, collaboration, and data sharing. This session will provide a high-level overview of these ArcGIS platform tools along with some typical use cases and demonstrations highlighting the value to health organizations.


  • ArcGIS Online
  • Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS for Server
  • Portal deployment options and capabilities
  • ArcGIS Open Data

Audience: Anyone interested in promoting or enabling web GIS in their organization.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of GIS

Setting Up Your ArcGIS Online Organization for Success

Not a stepwise tutorial, this session will provide a practical overview using tips and best practices that will help you get the most out of your ArcGIS Online organization and establish a solid foundation for success. Topics include organizational branding, home page configuration, creating groups, adding content, creating information products, inviting users, and effectively managing your resources. During the session, you will see a variety of techniques and give thought to considerations that will enable you to share your services, maps, and other items more effectively and present the best possible user experience for your target audience.

Audience: This session is for anyone involved in setting up an ArcGIS organization. Topics to be covered are geared toward organization administrators, but the basic principles can be applied by anyone.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of ArcGIS Online

Using App Templates and Esri Story Maps to Turn Maps into Information

The ArcGIS platform provides numerous ways to share geographic information with your audience, some of the easiest and most powerful being the use of web application and Esri Story Map templates. Now anyone can create compelling information products or tell stories using maps easily via simple-to-author, configurable applications—no programming skills required! This session will include a review of the currently released gallery of web application and Story Map templates, as well as discussion of some of the different scenarios in which they can be utilized to share geographic content via compelling and focused user experiences. Attendees will gain the basic skills needed to empower themselves to leverage a variety of templates.

Audience: Anyone wanting to know more about authoring custom-configured web applications

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of ArcGIS Online

Apps—ArcGIS Pro, Explorer, Collector, and Web Application Templates and Solution Templates for Health

ArcGIS offers a growing suite of applications that are designed to fulfill specific needs yet work together in the context of an ArcGIS organization. This session will provide an overview of currently available ArcGIS applications, including mobile ones. It will provide in-depth knowledge of all the applications so you can make informed decisions about which to implement for your needs. The workshop will also cover how apps are set up and managed from within your organization.

Topics will include the following:

  • Native mobile applications (ArcGIS for iOS, ArcGIS for Android, ArcGIS for Windows 8)
  • Collector for ArcGIS
  • Explorer for ArcGIS
  • Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
  • Esri Maps for Office
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Web application templates and solution offerings

Audience: This session is for all audiences. It will be helpful for attendees to understand the different applications that would suit their business needs, as well as administrators who'll be able to guide users in their organization.

Prerequisites: Some basic knowledge of ArcGIS Online and web maps will be beneficial but not necessary.

Intro to the ArcGIS Platform: How can a Typical Health Organization Can Understand and Leverage the Correct Mix of Platform Components?

The overall ArcGIS platform consists of a rich set of enterprise tools for mobile, desktop, server and cloud-based environments. Platform tools complement each other and provide a solution to meet the needs of any health organization as well as various types of users. This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS platform and show how different components can be leveraged to address typical health-related workflows.


  • Mobile GIS
  • ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Web GIS
  • Data and analysis sharing

Audience: Anyone interested in learning what software and tools are available in the ArcGIS platform

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of GIS

Community Analyst

Community Analyst is an online application useful to anyone working to improve or understand the health of a community. Community Analyst contains data and tools that can help visualize, explore, and report on the health needs and behaviors of any community, geographic area or specific region, including HRRs, PSCAs, etc.

Community Analyst includes Census data, up-to-date projections of demographic data, household spending data, market segmentation data, and detailed behavioral survey data, such as the number of individuals who diet to control blood sugar level for example.

The application is hosted by Esri, eliminating the need to physically update software or data, and is designed to be easy to use by anyone.

Topics Include:

  • How to use the product for outreach and resource allocation.
  • Types of data to explore
  • How to query the data on the map to find areas to target
  • How to get demographic and health facts for an area
  • How to share maps and analysis

Audience: Anyone interested in learning about spatial statistics tools and analysis methods

Prerequisite: None We aim to make the session accessible to new/comers, while remaining relevant to existing users.

Spatial Statistics

This session will equip you with the basic knowledge necessary to get started exploring your data in new and meaningful ways. Stepping through and discussing the spatial statistics tools one by one, a variety of sample applications will be provided to demonstrate the range of questions that can be answered.

This session will include describing the shape and spatial distribution of your data; detecting hot spots and spatial outliers; and mining your spatial data to discover unexpected correlations, relationships, and patterns. The session will begin by introducing spatial statistics concepts and giving an overview of each tool in the spatial statistics toolbox.

Next will be an in-depth look at cluster analysis techniques and regression analysis methods. The session will wrap up with a discussion of best practices and Q&A. If you're new to spatial statistics, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with these powerful tools, methods, and workflows. If you've been using spatial statistics for a while, come discover alternative applications, learn about new tools, and see how others are benefiting from statistical analysis of their data.

Audience: Anyone interested in learning about spatial statistics tools and analysis methods

Prerequisite: None We aim to make the session accessible to new/comers, while remaining relevant to existing users.