Svetlana Smorodinsky, Research Scientist,
Environmental Health Investigations Branch, CDPH
Public health has been using geography to study
distribution of disease and environmental exposure for over 200 years.
This short overview will describe how modern GIS technology is applied
Racial Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
and using GIS for Targeted Action
Michael Samuel, Chief, Surveillance and Epidemiology Section,
STD Branch, CDPH
Denise Gilson, Research Scientist, STD Branch, CDPH
Reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health is a key
mandate of local and state health departments and the national Centers
for Diseases Control. Disparities in rates are greater for STDs than
for other infectious or chronic diseases and reduction of these
differences requires committed aggressive action at all levels.
However, the key disease control activities occur at the local level.
Use of simple GIS mapping techniques can help target action, and provide
tools for collaborative efforts of health departments and their
The Use of GIS for Health Policy and Planning
Cynthia Comerford Scully
Senior Environmental Health Planner
City and County of San Francisco, Dept. of Public Health 1390 Market
Street, Suite 822 San Francisco, CA 94102
Public health is not just about access to healthcare,
but also about shaping policy decisions so that they create healthier,
more equitable communities in which people live, learn, work and play.
Maps and the use of GIS give planners and policy makers a more effective
and community relevant framework to make public policy decisions. The
San Francisco Department of Public Health has found that using spatial
data in a health impact assessment (HIA) framework can help build
evidence for healthy social and environmental policies, and has
facilitated multi-scale analyses and understanding of social and
environmental health risk factors for communities.
and Demonstration of California Environmental Health Tracking Program's
Craig Wolff, IT/GIS Director, California
Environmental Health Tracking Program, CDPH
GIS plays a crucial role in all aspects of the The
California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP). CEHTP has
determined that a service-oriented architecture is the key to solving
many of the informatics challenges that surround environmental public
health surveillance and has implemented a variety of web-based services.
Some of these services include spatio-temporal integration (e.g.
traffic and pesticide linkage services), data enhancement (e.g.
geocoding service and water service area reporting application), and
data visualization (e.g. pesticides Web Mapping Service). This
presentation will describe the functionality, impact, and underlying
technology of these services and the CEHTP web portal.
Maps and Directions: http://mtc.ca.gov/about_mtc/directions.htm
Registration is free for any BAAMA member!
($10 fee for non-members.)