Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas

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Amidst the nationwide discussion about suicide and mental health preservation, this map depicts the areas in the United States which suffer from a lack of mental health professionals and facilities. The Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) designates Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores to determine which areas are the most in need of more health professionals. Higher scores on this scale indicate an area with greater need.

At cursory glance, this map does not follow any overwhelming trends, with respect to cardinal directions; however, this map should spark more discussion about the socioeconomic and environmental factors that play a role in an individual’s access to mental health facilities and care. Conversations should also take place about how to get more mental health professionals established in the areas that in desperate need of service.

More information on this map can be found at the Rural Health Information Hub’s webpage.

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The Controversial Debate Over Abortion Rights: US Map Depicting States’ Opinion

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As the US continues discussion about states’ rights and the issue of abortion, this map depicts the differing stances taken by each state. You can see clusters of like-minded opinions, making this information valuable in any future discussion about abortive rights. You can find more information on this map at Guttmacher Institutes’ web page.

Cancer rates decrease nationwide, but cancer clusters still persist.

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CNN reports that cancer rates have decrease from 1980, but there are still certain areas where cancer clusters are prevalent. This map is very interesting in that it can help jump-start more conversations about environmental facts that could be playing a huge role in the incidence of cancer. For more information, visit CNN’s report.

Surveillance of Hepatitis A Outbreaks: State-by-State Counts from 2017-2018

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In the midst of newsworthy Hepatitis A outbreaks in Kentucky, San Diego, and Michigan, this map depicts the number of Hepatitis A incidents across the United States from 2017-2018. The number fluctuations in each state over the last year is alarming considering that there are few national regulations being put into place in the realm of food safety. Catherine Huddle from Food Safety News explains that although the CDC recommends that all children should be vaccinated at the ages of 1 and 2, ” the CDC has not recommended Hepatitis A vaccinations for food service workers” (Huddle, 2018). We can only hope that more information and awareness of Hepatitis A outbreaks can help force a decline in it’s prevalence. For more information of state reported Hepatitis A incidents you can visit the Food Safety News web page.