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CDC National Center for Health Statistics - GIS and Public Health. Web site is designed to provide information on GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, at NCHS and in the larger public health community. Researchers, public health professionals, policy makers, and others use GIS to better understand geographic relationships that affect health outcomes, public health risks, disease transmission, access to health care, and other public health concerns. GIS is being used with greater frequency to address neighborhood, local, State, national, and international public health issues.
ESRI: GIS for Health and Human Services. Most health and human service problems facing the world today exist in a geographic context and any analysis must consider that. Understanding issues ranging from medical epidemiology to healthcare access requires a comprehensive understanding of their geography.
ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Note that this seems to be a somewhat dated website. Since 1990, ATSDR has been in the forefront of the use of GIS in public health applications, and has been instrumental in bringing attention to this exciting technology. GIS can improve our public heath capabilities, and can assist in earlier detection of public health issues when compared to more traditional means.
Atlas of United States Mortality - Released to the public on April 14, 1997, this atlas is the first to show all leading causes of death by race and sex for small U.S. geographic areas referred to as Health Service Areas (HSA's). The 18 causes of death included in this atlas account for 83 percent of all deaths in the United States during 1988-92. In addition to maps with age-adjusted death rates for each HSA, the atlas includes maps that compare each HSA rate to the national rate, smoothed maps for each cause that show the broad geographic patterns at selected ages, and a chart with regional rates for each cause of death.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) - The Cancer Mortality Maps & Graph Web Site provides interactive maps, graphs (which are accessible to the blind and visually-impaired), text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers. The purpose of the web site is to provide information associated with the "Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States, 1950-94", released in December 1999 by the NCI, the U.S. Government's principal agency for cancer research.
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