The Availability of Food

These maps from 2010 show the availability of grocery store locations and also the percentage of people who had a car to get there. The topic of food availability is already an interesting conversation.. is there enough food? Is there enough food, but it just isn’t distributed evenly? Why is healthy food more expense then unhealthy? Why has food become more of a business then of a way to survive? Take a look at these maps, because they bring another problem into the mix! Transportation and accessibility.

The information for the maps was collected from the USDA Food Environment Atlas and the maps were created by Meharry Medical College.

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Percentage of Low Birth Weight 2015

This map shows the percentage of low birth weight in 2005 across the US. The blue shows areas where low birth weight was less of an issue, or where there were fewer cases, and the red color shows areas where low birth weight was more prone. The map was put together by Meharry Medical College and the data was collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Healthmap.com

Healthmap.com is a great site to quickly and easily see health alerts and information around you. When you go on the site, you can let the site access your location and immediately health alerts pop up. The picture below shows 89 alerts around central NJ this past week. Click on the data points to view more information about the disease and the location.

Stay alert & stay healthy! Thanks healthmap.com for the information. Go to healthmap.com to see more.

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FARS National Highway Accident Intensity Map- 2014

The map below shows highway accidents displayed in a heat map to show areas of most intensity. The data is collected from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014. Check the map out at communitymappingforhealthequity.org.

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Suicide Mortality Rates by County 2000-2009

Below is a map showing suicide mortality rates by county from 2000-2009 records. The blue shows the lowest rates, moving up to red with the highest. Those places that are shown in the white color represent insufficient data. The data was taken from CDC Wonder and put into a map by the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry Medical College.

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Vacant Housing Units 2010- 2014

This map was put together by Meharry Medical College with data from 2010- 2014 from the  America Community Survey. The data represents the percentage empty housing units across the US with the lightest color representing 1-12.4% and the darkest red color showing 44.9-81.3%. View this map and other data maps on communitymappingforhealthequity.org

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www.toxicsites.us

This interesting webpage displays toxic locations or superfund sites throughout the US based on the year it was discovered, the type of waste, the site’s hazardous ranking score, population size near the site, and race around the location. Brooke Singer and team wanted to show the areas of these superfund sites and provide a map that the community could interact with. Check the site out at www.toxicsites.us

Below is a full view of the US in 2015 and under is zoomed in on New Jersey in the New Brunswick area. Thanks www.toxicsites.us for the interesting map!

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Mappler featured in Indy Midtown Magazine

The Mapleton-Fall Creek Mapping Project, which started in 2015, uses Mappler to display community data on access to food, public art, greenspaces, senior citizen amenities, and physical activity areas. The anthropology department at IUPUI, the Mapleton-Fall Creek Develop Corporation, and the Mid-North Quality of Life Action Team joined forces to use Mappler technology to map out their area to encourage grassroots solutions to improve community health.
Students from from IUPUI collected data on community needs which was transferred into a data map using Mappler. The maps which can be accessed on a computer or phone, can now be used as a community resource and a digital platform to create change.
Let us know if you are interested in a map or learning more by contacting eva.gerrits@vertices.com
Click here to view the article

EJSCREEN Webinar – Register

Take a look at this announcement from the EPA about the EJSCREEN Webinar-

After a year of public engagement and collecting feedback from stakeholders, EPA is announcing the release of the latest version of EJSCREEN, the agency’s environmental justice screening and mapping tool. The new EJSCREEN has an abundance of new features – all of which were requested by the public – including (to list a few):

  • The inclusion of the National Air Toxic Assessment environmental indicators for cancer risk, respiratory, and diesel PM
  • Scalable maps, that summarize data at the Census block group, tract, or county-level
  • The ability to save sessions and print maps from the home screen
  • A feature that allows you to look at two maps, side-by-side
  • The addition of Puerto Rico

The EPA will be hosting three webinars to engage with EJ stakeholders on questions about the new data and design of EJSCREEN as well as a discussion of how EJSCREEN is being used. These webinars will include a basic overview of the tool, and will not be technical in nature. Please register for the event via the EventBrite page.

EJSCREEN webinar dates:

  • June 28(2 pm EST)
  • June 30(4 pm EST)
  • July 11(3 pm EST)

 

Register at:  https://2016-ejscreen-rollout.eventbrite.com

all information for this post from the EPA