The Canadian Council on Learning has developed an interactive map that provides easy access to health literacy profiles for more than 49,000 communities and neighborhoods in Canada. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines five levels of literacy that the interactive map shows ranging from very poor literacy skills to strong skills.
Using GIS transforms quantitative and qualitative information pertaining to locations (from point data to entire countries) into visually striking and understandable interactive maps and other graphics. Interactive maps like these can make it easier to understand health-related issues because maps provide a geographic visual of the extent of what is happening.
Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices