GIS-mapping is now being used for very local surveillance all over the world. This idea was the inspiration for WhoIsSick.org, a private project by California software engineer PT Lee that aggregates personal reports of illness into “crowd sourced” snapshots of local disease trends. It was also used recently by the Toronto Star, whose “Map of the Week” project plotted the vaccination-exemption rates of local schools to suggest where an ongoing measles outbreak might strike next. And in the July/August issue of Public Health Reports, researchers from Medical and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the map the location and quality of food sources and exercise areas to illuminate local rates of diabetes and obesity.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC