Educational Meeting: Public Health

  • Thursday, May 27, 2010
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • MTC

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Meeting Organizers: Phil Beilin & Svetlana Smorodinsky, MPH
Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC

  • GIS in Public Health
    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 in health.

    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 community partners.

    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
    cyndy.comerford@sfdph.org

    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.

    Overview and Demonstration of California Environmental Health Tracking Program's Web-Based Services
    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.


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