Funding- ATSDR Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites


“ATSDR’s mission is to serve the public through responsive public health actions to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures to environmental contaminants. Sites such as Brownfield/Land Reuse sites may be the source of potentially harmful exposures because of contamination from previous property uses. Addressing public health concerns and issues related to the restoration of contaminated properties is essential. ATSDR is funding these community health projects to ensure that public health is an integral part of the land reuse process.

These projects will increase capacity to identify, address, and improve public health in redeveloping Brownfield/Land Reuse sites, ensuring that particular attention is paid to identifying and addressing health issues prior to redevelopment and assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment. These community health projects that address impacts of contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse sites will further ATSDR?s public health mission to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures.” (

Average Awards: $150,000

CFDA Number: 93.161 — Health Program for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Eligible Applicants:

  • States or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
  • Local governments or their bona fide agents
  • Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
  • State-controlled institutions of higher education
  • American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities as entity of the state/local/ tribal government


  • Application Open Date: 5/3/2016
  • Informational Conference Call Date:  May 25, 2016, 2 pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Information Conference Call Line: 1-866-707-8022, Passcode 4547257
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: 6/3/2016
  • Application Due Date: 7/5/2016 

More Information:


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2016 GIS and Health Symposium

Join us in Washington DC for the 2016 GIS and Health Symposium! This year’s theme is “Mapping the Way to Healthy Communities” and our very own Dr. Wansoo Im will be speaking along with Alyssa Randall from Planning Communities, on June 1st from 8:30am  to 12:00pm. Wansoo Im is an Associate Professor at Meharry Medical College and CEO and founder of Vertices LLC.

Learning Objectives: Provide participants with an understanding of how to actively conduct health resource, barriers and opportunities mapping inventories in the field to support local planning and project initiatives, by working with a local data from the Washington DC region. Through this workshop participants will learn about the types of health data sources and how to utilize available data, prepare for a field inventory, and collect field data including those resources not traditionally or typically mapped.

Workshop Overview: Local planning agencies, health departments, community organizations and other entities are increasingly addressing health considerations in planning and development initiatives. With significant variation in the level and quality of health-related GIS data available, as well as the need to encompass a broad range of resources that contribute to health outcomes, field data collection plays a critical role in ensuring that a comprehensive inventory of health resources, environmental barriers and opportunities is prepared to support policy, plan and project development. This workshop will review a broad range of data sets and mapping available and tips for compiling available geospatial information in preparation for fieldwork. Participants will discuss gaps in available data, as well as features and attributes to be collected or verified in the field considering a full range of resources that contribute to individual and community health and well-being. A local field review will be conducted and participants will have the opportunity to collect health related data just outside the doors of the GIS & Health Symposium. Come join us for this hands-on experience!

Additional registration fee for preconference workshops: $95 for URISA or APHA members/$125 for nonmembers


Click here for more information. All information is from The event is held by The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in partnership with the American Public Health Association

Climate Change- How Sea Level Rise Could Change Where & How We Live

Climate change is always a hot topic, literally. With the melting of the ice caps, the unstable polar vortex which influences the jet stream, and with temperatures becoming more extreme, it is no mystery that sea level is continuing to rise. We wanted to visualize the threat of sea level rise by making a map that shows the potential projections of how our coasts in New Jersey and New York could eventual look.

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We zoomed in to focus on New York City and the Northeastern part of the New Jersey coastline. We gathered the information for sea level rise from and then created the map using our Mappler technology. The first image is what the coast currently looks like, with the second and third images showing possible sea level rise projections. Image 2 shows sea level rise projections for 2100 if climate change continues without us taking action. This projection shows a 2m rise, with the dark blue border showing the potential new coastline. Image 3 is the worse case scenario for the year 2100, meaning that this is what scientists are projecting if again no action towards stopping or slowing climate change takes place and if the Greenland ice sheet melts. Image 3 shows a 7m sea level rise, and as you can see the land taken is massive. These maps show the scary reality that we could face if climate change is not taken seriously. You think that the population and its growth are bad now? How about when we then have to face displacement of part of the population because land where they use to live is covered in water? Take action, educate on climate change, and do your part!

To see the map and view more of the NJ and NY coast projections click here!

Funding Proposal- Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is soliciting proposals designed to accelerate the development of creative, robust and sustainable interprofessional initiatives in which graduate nursing and one or more other professions actively learn and work together with individuals and their families in community-based clinical settings (

The goal of the initiative is for health and other professional schools, with a history of collaboration, to work together with a community partner and the individuals and families that it serves to develop innovative, creative and sustainable interprofessional clinical initiatives that accelerate their existing interprofessional education (IPE) and collaboration (IPC) work (

  • Closing Date– July 15, 2016 11:59pm EDT
  • Winners Notified– September 15, 2016
  • Funding Opportunity– “Up to 20 graduate nursing programs that collaborate with one or more professional schools and a community clinical setting will receive up to $50,000 for a two-year initiative” (
  • Eligibility
    • Applicants must be an accredited nursing school with graduate programs committed to working in partnership with other health and non-health related professional schools and a community-based clinical partner.
    • Applicants must partner with at least one other professional school (health or non-health) and a community-based clinical site.
    • The principal investigator must be a faculty member in a nursing school/program, based in the United States or its territories.
    • Proposals that demonstrate existing inter-professional relationships that will be accelerated by this funding are encouraged.
  • More Information–
  • Online Submission–

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Flint Lead Testing Map

This map on  from February 1st, depicts the results of home lead tests in Flint. The test information, gathered by the State, was then grouped into the following categories to make this map:

  • 0 ppb – no lead detected in the drinking water
  • 1-4 ppb – the EPA deems this range as acceptable
  • 5-14 ppb – exposure is a concern, but still below an EPA “federal action level”
  • 15-49 ppb – a range above the federal action level for lead, but can be treated by filters
  • 50-149 ppb – reaching dangerous levels, but can be treated by filters
  • 150 and above – a range at which the federal government says water filters might not workScreen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.02.29 AM.png

Looking at this map, trying to determine the source is difficult because no real pattern can be determined. Makes you think about what other areas in the US have horrible water that either hasn’t been discovered yet, or just taken seriously.

Thanks Michigan Radio for the map! All information from 

Happy Earth Day! NYC Tree Map

Trees help city areas with reducing pollution, they help to improve health, and overall bring a sense of calm to a place known for fast-pace living. Here is a map we created on Mappler using data from the TreesCount! 2015 by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. This map is color-coded based on condition of the trees. 

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Looking at the density screenshot, it is interesting to view where the best versus worst rated trees are located. The photo on the left shows where the worst rated trees are, and the right shows the trees rated as the best. Lets keep adding trees to our concrete jungle! Click here to see the site.

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Mean PM 2.5 Levels in Air

PM, or particulate matter, are tiny solid or liquid particles found in the atmosphere. Particulate matter is considered the most dangerous form of air pollution as the tiny particles can easily be absorbed by the lungs into the blood stream causing many health issues. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization both consider particulates to be a Group 1 Carcinogen. PM 2.5 are particulates with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers. PM 2.5 particulates are especially dangerous as their small size allows them to penetrate the lungs more easily. We have taken data from the EPA and created a map that shows the mean PM 2.5 levels across the United States. Check out how clean the air is in your city or state below, and keep checking our site for more maps and data on air and water pollution! Vertices gis consulting community map pm25.png