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This site is designed for public health managers, community leaders, GIS users, epidemiologists and other people interested in using GIS to prevent heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.

The intent is provide a forum for sharing examples, ideas and techniques for using GIS to document geographic disparities, inform policy and program development and build partnerships; thereby contributing in a powerful way to the prevention of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. We invite visitors to share maps that address chronic diseases, view training modules to learn how to use GIS or increasing knowledge, view tips for creating maps, and link to GIS data sources and software resources.

The site was developed through a collaborative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the University of Michigan.

To provide insight into how maps can be used in the epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases, maps displayed on the site have been categorized into at least one of the following four key areas, or "impact areas."

  • Document the burden —
    Maps that document mortality, morbidity, hospitalizations, prevalence, and other aspects of disease burden for heart disease, stroke or other chronic diseases.
  • Inform policy —
    Maps that have been used (or can be in the future) to inform decisions regarding the policies and/or programs focused on reducing the burden of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.
  • Enhance partnerships —
    Maps that have been used (or can be used in the future) to enhance partnerships between organizations working toward the prevention of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases (e.g. community organizations, non-profit organizations, medical organizations, advocacy groups, government agencies).
  • Facilitate collaboration —
    Maps that have been used (or can be used in the future) to demonstrate efficiencies of two or more chronic disease units within an agency working together to address the burden of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.

We welcome feedback. Please contact us at GISXmoderator@cdc.gov to let us know what you think.


 
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