Never before has there been such a focus on equity as it relates to health—especially to ensure that health and human services organizations address the social determinants of health and gaps in social and racial equities. These inequities involve poverty, age, living conditions, and education, and it's important to understand the connection between where things are happening and where service gaps exist. This is where geographic information system (GIS) technology comes in. A location-based strategy can help you create an effective approach to collecting data; performing analysis; allocating resources where they're needed most; communicating with decision-makers; and, ultimately, achieving health equity.
Outreach to the vulnerable in Snohomish County
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, data and smart maps are elevating human services in Snohomish County, Washington.