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Organizations and Agencies

California Environmental Health Tracking Program
"The goal of the CEHTP is to develop a comprehensive plan for a standards-based, coordinated, and integrated system, at the state level, that enables public health actions through linkage, monitoring, reporting, and communication of health effects and environmental hazards and exposure data." GIS and other tools are integral to this process.

CEHTP Geocoding Service: The California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) developed a suite of free geocoding tools to assist organizations in standardizing, verifying, and geocoding address data to latitude/longitude coordinates and other political boundaries (e.g. Census Blocks, Medical Service Study Areas, Public Land Survey sections, or Zip Codes).

Geographic Information Systems (National Cancer Institute)
This site has information on GIS activities at the NCI, including links to data, funding information, state cancer profiles, and more. It also includes links to GIS resources and tools.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CDC (U.S. CDC)
This site provides links to data sources, training resources, map gelleries, and several web applications.

Geographic Information Systems in Health (GIS-EPI) (Pan American Health Organization)
"The Health Analysis and Information Systems Area's (AIS) project on Geographic Information Systems in Health (GIS-EPI) was created with the objective to contribute to the strengthening of health workers' capacity for epidemiological analysis by providing efficient tools with GIS-Epi to facilitate such tasks." The site include: Applications, Databases, Software, Training, Dissemination, and Collaboration.

SIGEpi is a GIS software developed by PAHO for applications in Epidemiology and Public Health. It offers a set of techniques, procedures, and methods for the analysis of epidemiological data.

Geospatial Innovation Facility (UC Berkeley)
"The Geospatial Innovation Facility provides leadership and training across a broad array of integrated mapping technologies. These technologies include Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and modeling. The GIF offers innovative geospatial approaches to environmental research projects and grant opportunities." The GIF provides online trainign, workshops, consulting, workspace, and more.

Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) (US Dept. of Justice)
The MAPS program supports research that helps agencies use GIS to enhance public safety and contains software, publications, data, training information and more. The program examines:

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Publications, Databases, and Applications

AtoZ Maps Online
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Includes more than 145,000 political, physical, outline, population, environmental, climate, and other thematic maps. Also includes links to GIS data and commercial and free GIS software.

BRFSS Maps (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC)
Portal to a tool that will create maps from BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) data in 15 categories, including exercise, alcohol consumption, health status, and more.

California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1) new
CalEnviroScreen by Cal/EPA and OEHHA "is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. The CalEnviroScreen 1.1 document will calculate scores for the stateís ZIP codes. While race and ethnicity will not be used in the calculations, a new section has been added that provides information on the racial and ethnic composition of communities throughout the state. "

California Environmental Information Clearinghouse (California Resources Agency)
CEIC "uses the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System Catalog as an online directory for reporting and discovery of information resources for California. Participants include cities, counties, utilities, state and federal agencies, private businesses and academic institutions that have spatial and other types of data resources." Data can be searched by contributor, keyword, resources type, and more.

"The NCHHSTP Atlas is an interactive tool for accessing HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDCís) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis surveillance data." The NCHHSTP has also created a YouTube tutorial to help. In addition, the NCHHSTP has created pre-made presentations that can be used as is with examples of the analyses that can be performed with the Atlas. The site also provides state profiles for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB that include statistics and descriptions of prevention and control programs supported by CDC and state public health officials.

Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) (University of Missouri)
"Since 1992 when CARES was established, our goal has been to aid interested public and private parties in learning about and managing our resources. We utilize the latest technologies in geographic information systems, satellite imagery, environmental modeling, and the internet to compile, analyze and distribute information about our world." In the Map Room, you can easily create customized maps on topics such as poverty, crime, food insecurity, demographics, health insurance and obesity utilizing data sources such as the American Community Survey, 2010 Census, USDA, and the CDC.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (Columbia University)
CIESIN "works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment." Their site includes Tools and Applications (such as data conversion applications, geospatial database queries, and online mapping tools), metadata catalogs, free downloadable geospatial data, and more. The available resources are also browsable by subject.

CHAPIS (Community Health Air Pollution Information System) (California Air Resources Board)
An internet-based mapping tool that allows you to view the major sources of air pollution near your home, school, etc., the relative contributions of mobile sources and stationary sources, which chemicals are emitted by a particular facility or mobile sources in this area, and more.

Chronic Disease GIS Exchange (CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention)
"This site is designed for public health managers, community leaders, GIS users, epidemiologists and other people interested in using GIS to prevent heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. The intent is provide a forum for sharing examples, ideas and techniques for using GIS to document geographic disparities, inform policy and program development and build partnerships." Includes four introductory training modules developed the by State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Surveillance project for selected state health departments.

City of Sacramento Open Data Portal
The City of Sacramento Open Data Portal's mission "is to promote the openness, transparency and accountability of city government by providing high-value government data. This site is dedicated to providing citizens with access and insight into the city's information" Some of the data is available as premade maps or tables. Data available here includes education statistics, population by ethnicity, housing statistics, and city park and tree locations, among much more.

Community Commons
"Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communitiesí movement." After registering for free, you'll have access to step-by-step tutorials showing you how to make your own customized maps. Map topics such as poverty, crime, food insecurity, demographics, health insurance and obesity utilizing data sources such as the American Community Survey, 2010 Census, USDA, and the CDC. View Starter Maps for examples of what you could do.

Digital Map Indexes (UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Map Library)
This list includes every index map held in the Earth Sciences & Map Library's collection (with the exception of the Army Map Service (AMS) indexes). Individual sheet holdings are marked on nearly all maps. Some image files are very large and may take some time to download.

Disease Maps (US Geological Survey)
This site provides US maps for the reported outbreaks of 8 diseases down to the county level, with a breakdown of reported cases by month at the state level. The diseases mapped here are West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, Powassan Virus, and both local and imported Dengue Fever. Click on the disease name to see detailed US maps, then click on a state for the county and monthly outbreak details. Each disease's page has a link to background information on it with a brief description of the disease, and a link to historical maps for it with most going back to 2003.

Enforcement & Compliance History Online (US EPA)
ECHO permits dynamic mapping of federal and state EPA data, enabling searches for air, water, hazardous waste, enforcement cases, and facilities data. It also maps annual federal and state EPA enforcement actions, and includes a Clean Water Act trends map for the state and federal level, with information on permits, inspection coverage, compliance monitoring, enforcement action, and total assessed penalties.

ESRI ArcGIS 10.1 Education Edition
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty may attain a one-year education edition of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop Advanced free of charge! The ArcGIS 10.1 Education Edition software includes 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Publisher, Schematics, Spatial Analyst, and Tracking Analyst. To obtain an ArcGIS 10 Education disk, just stop by 111 Mulford Hall (Geospatial Innovation Facility), and GIF staff will supply you with an installation DVD. ESRI provides over a hundred free online training options for ArcGIS on its website to help you use its software.

GeoData@UCBerkeley with MapUp
"GeoData@UC Berkeley allows users to discover the library's geospatial data holdings, preview geospatial data, create custom maps using only a web browser, and download geospatial data in a variety of formats. GeoData@UC Berkeley currently contains over 9,000 geospatial data layers from UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and MIT. MapUp is an application developed by the UC Berkeley Libraries to allow UC Berkeley students, faculty, and researchers to store and share their geospatial data with GeoData@UC Berkeley users. Anyone with a valid CalNet ID can upload data to MapUp. The geospatial data in the geoportal are sourced from national, state, county, and local government sources of freely available data downloaded from the web, purchased by the library, and data contributed by users of GeoData@UC Berkeley. All government-provided data is free for anyone to use. Some data purchased by the library and contributed data are restricted for use by UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff only." Best used in Firefox.

Geographic Information Systems in Public Health and Medicine: Part 1, Part 2 (Journal of Medical Systems, 28(3) and 28(4), 2004)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
These two issues contain several articles on different aspects of using GIS in public health analysis, including tools and examples of projects.

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Geography covers journals in geography (including GIS), city planning, development studies, economics, regional studies, and more, back to 1990.

HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map
HealthMap allows users to view current infectious diseases with an interactive mapping tool. The data is aggregated by disease and results can be displayed by either disease or country and provides easy access to the original alert. This site integrates outbreak data from a variety of sources, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).

Healthy GIS
This free newsletter, published by ESRI, contains news and information for GIS users in health and human services. Scroll down to the newsletter to select paper or email, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on go to next step to sign up for this.

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke (U.S. CDC)
"This application allows users to view county-level maps of heart disease and stroke, along with maps of social environmental conditions and health services for the entire United States or for a chosen state or territory. Congressional boundaries and health care facilities can be added with an overlay."

MyEnvironment: Environmental information for my area (U.S. EPA)
The MyEnvironment search application is designed to provide a cross-section of environmental information based on your location. Search by ZIP code, street address, county name, waterbody name, National Park name - or any placename that you might see on a roadmap. The top part of the page contains a map with the EPA regulated facilities for that area. The bottom part of the page includes the following sections, each with many sub-sections, specific to the geographical location: MyAir, MyHealth, MyLand, MyWater, MyEcological Conditions. You can also search by pollutant or industry.

National Atlas of the United States
Produced by the US Geological Survey and other federal agencies, the National Atlas maps topics ranging from West Nile Virus to hazardous waste to reproductive health risk factors. It allows creation of custom maps on a vast array of subjects.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (U.S. CDC)
"The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources." You can view information here on environmental conditions and health conditions by location. The data can be displayed in tables, graphs or maps, and covers asthma, birth defects, cancer, carbon monoxide poisoning, childhood lead poisoning, heart attacks, and reproductive and birth outcomes.

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
PolicyMap is an easy-to-use mapping program that includes over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data about demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate markets, income, jobs and economy, education, crime, and health can be presented as maps, tables, charts and reports. Use their data or upload your own to create customizable maps with a wide variety of data variables. Results may be shared and exported. PolicyMap is useful for folks in sociology, urban studies, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business (real estate and marketing), and geography, among others.

PeriStats (March of Dimes)
PeriStats allows users to create custom maps of U.S., state, and county maternal and infant health data. Maps can be converetd to tables or bar graphs, if desired. When displayed, the maps also link to preformulated PubMed searches on relevant topics. There are also links to appropriate state agencies.

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
A web-based data analysis and mapping application that allows users to create custom thematic maps, tables and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States. Includes over 70,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, real estate & housing, crime, businesses, consumer spending, and points of interest data from the US Census, historical US Census data (1980, 1990, 2000), SimmonsLOCAL data from Experian, and Nielsen Claritas PRIZM data.

TOXMAP (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
TOXMAP allows users to create nationwide or local area maps using data from the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory. Users can search the system by chemical name, chemical name fragment, and/or location (such as city, state, or zip code). TOXMAP maps show where chemicals are released on-site into the air, water, and ground. It also identifies releasing facilities, single year releases, and chemical release trends over time. Also included are mortality data from the CDC and the National Cancer Institute, as well as age and gender data from US Census, and income data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. TOXMAP provides information/links from these resources:

US-Mexico Border Environmental Health Initiative
The major issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border involve economics and population growth that present challenges to environmental management and natural resource planning. This project's goal is to monitor trends and analyze the stresses to the environment, binational datasets and displaying the results in both data tables and in maps. You can find data tables of disease statistics by county as well as customizable maps detailing climate, infectious disease, boundaries, contaminants, etc.

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Maps and Atlases: Public Health (Humboldt State University Library)
Provides links to several public health maps and atlases, including: Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States (US National Cancer Institute), Atlas of Stroke Mortality (CDC), Atlas of Children's Health and the Environment (WHO), and more.

Resources for Creating Public Health Maps (U.S. CDC)
This site has links to sources of geographic boundary data, U.S. state geographic data sources, demographic, health outcomes, and environmental and health risk exposure data, geostatistics and spatial analysis information, global public health GIS projects, software, public health and GIS overviews, and more.

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