Category Archives: Public Health

GeoHealth Innovations and Community Health Solutions Announce the Release of the Virginia Atlas of Community Health

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The Virginia Atlas of Community Health is the product of a collaborative effort between GeoHealth Innovations and Community Health Solutions with generous support from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.  The Atlas is an online resource for community health resources and a platform for creating and interacting with a vast array of community health indicators.

From INSIGHT to ACTION

The Atlas pledges to help you go “From Insight to Action” with all of the tools and data provided.  Insight is gained through accessing over 200 community health indicators areas in the Data section including adult/youth health risk, maternal and infant health, mortality, and other social determinants of health.  In the Maps section, a set of ready to go maps allows you to quickly visualize and interact with key indicators or build a custom map from the full menu of profile categories and geographic levels.

Action is taken by exploring the Actions Guides and examining issues through different lenses in Perspectives.  The Action Guides help you get started in specific topic areas and learn best practices.  Here you can apply the maps and data in meaningful ways.  Perspectives show you community health issues from a variety perspectives and aid in engaging stakeholders.

Visit the Virginia Atlas of Community Health today and move FROM INSIGHT TO ACTION!

GeoHealth Innovations’ maps and analysis help to highlight health disparities

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In the first half of 2012, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Community Health Equity Reports (CHER) for two of their PLACE MATTERS communities – San Joaquin Valley, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. Both reports include geospatial analysis and thematic mapping performed by GeoHealth Innovations.

The GeoHealth Innovations team used advanced geospatial analytic techniques – such as raster interpolation, ordinary least squares regression (OLS), geographically weighted regression (GWR), and spatial autocorrelation – in the study of eight cities and regions across the United States.

Specifically, these techniques were applied in the San Joaquin Valley, California to investigate the association between poverty and premature mortality. Overall, GeoHealth Innovations was successful in supporting the Joint Center in the development of a CHER for each PLACE MATTERS community.

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For more information or to view the reports, visit the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies or GeoHealth Innovations.

GeoHealth Innovations participates in the Virginia Rural Health Conference in Staunton, Virginia

Steve Sedlock, founder and executive director of GeoHealth Innovations, participated in forming policy framework and health data initiatives during work group sessions at the Virginia Rural Health Conference. Since its early beginnings, GeoHealth Innovations has been at the forefront of Virginia rural health data policy, analysis, and distribution. In 2009, GeoHealth Innovations created the geospatial component of Virginia Rural Health Data Portal, and continues to maintain and advance its functionality into 2011 and beyond. The Virginia Rural Health Data Portal can be accessed at www.vrhrc.org. Please contact Mr. Sedlock for more information.

GeoHealth Innovations delivers two presentations at the ESRI Health Conference in Denver

GeoHealth Innovations delivered two presentations at the ESRI Health Conference in Denver, Colorado. ESRI Health is the largest meeting of GIS health application users in the world. Steve Sedlock, founder and executive director of GeoHealth Innovations, presented on “The Virginia Rural Health Data Portal”; and “Geospatial Analysis of Stroke Hospitalizations in Virginia”. The data portal presentation was conducted in cooperation with the Virginia Rural Health Resource Center, and was done as a demonstration of the geospatial and statistical components of the portal. The data portal is the most comprehensive online source for health and social determinant data in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies of the presentation are available in the white paper section of our website, at www.vnghr.org.