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Application of Geographic Information Systems to Address Chronic Disease Priorities: Experiences in State and Local Health Departments


These maps show locations of community or private facilities that have shared use agreements (SUAs) in place to provide health opportunities for community members. These maps show the impact of the “reach” of new physical activity opportunities for community members by the creation of the agreements, using half- mile buffer rings around the facility and including any census tract population that intersects the buffer.

Figure 1.
GIS map generated by Cuyahoga County Health Department to map locations of community facilities with shared-use agreements for chronic disease self-management workshops and active living activities and populations within a half mile of those facilities.

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This map shows coronary heart disease death rates by county for Maine in 2012-2016. The highest rates are in counties in the North and the lowest rates are in counties along the South coast.

Figure 2.
GIS map generated by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to show distribution of coronary heart disease death rates by county. Abbreviation: CI, confidence interval.

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