About the Chronic Disease GIS Exchange
This site is designed for public health managers, community leaders, geographic information systems (GIS) users, epidemiologists, and anyone interested in using GIS to prevent heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
How You Can Use the Site
The site is meant to provide a forum for sharing examples, ideas, and techniques for using GIS to document geographic disparities, inform policy and program development, and build partnerships.
We invite visitors to:
To provide insight into how maps can be used in the epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases, users can filter maps to 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, nonprofit 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.
The site was developed through a collaborative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) at Rice University.
We welcome feedback. Please contact us at GISXmoderator@cdc.gov to let us know what you think.