Age-Adjusted Breast Cancer Mortality Among White Women By County ( 2013-2015)


Check out this map that shows the age-adjusted  mortality rate of breast cancer among non Hispanic white women by county for the years 2013 to 2015 per 100,000 population.

By Julia Watson


Rate of Self Reported Pesticide Related Illness By State 2014



Today’s map shows the rate of self reported pesticide related illness by state for the year of 2014 per 100,000 person. From the map we can see some states had rates ranging as low as 0.00 to 0.27 indicated by the yellow shading. In contrast some states, such as Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, New York, Kansas and Virginia had rates as high as 0.87 to 2.56 indicated by the dark blue shading. However, its important to note that because these are self-reported rates the date is subjected to under-reporting. In addition, because these exposures are self-reported both the type of pesticide and the degree of illness associated with the exposure may be mis-classified since the designation by the poison control center for both is based on the description provided by the caller.

According to the CDC farmworkers are among those when are subjected to pesticide exposure. For more information on migrant workers click here.

By Julia Watson

Number of Homes Built Between 1950 and 1979 By County 2000


Check out this map that shows the number of homes built between 1950 and 1979 by county for year 2000. From the map we can see there were many new homes built in counties within the eastern states, such as New York, New Jersey, Road Island, Main  indicated by the darker shading.  There were also many new homes built in counties within some western states, such as California and Arizona. We can see states such as North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Kansas had fewer new homes built within the 29 year period indicated by the yellow/yellowish shading. This makes sense because when compared to the previous map of homes built prior to 1950 for the year of 2000 we see these states had a higher percentage of older homes.

By Julia Watson

Percent of Homes Built Before 1950 By County 2000


Check out this map that shows the percent of homes built prior to 1950 by county for year 2000. From the data we can see many counties within the Midwestern and Northeastern states had a large percentage, 41.96 to 68.75, of homes built prior to 1950 indicated by the darker shading. In contrast counties within states such as Alaska, Hawaii, and various Western and Southeastern states had a low percentage of homes built prior to 1950 indicated by the yellow/yellowish shading. Although older homes can give the owner a sense of history there are some public health factors one might consider such as radon, lead poisoning, mold and asbestos. For instance according to the CDC homes built prior to 1978 are likely to have a lead-based pain and that chance increases the older the home is.

By Julia Watson

9/11 Dust Resulted in Higher Levels of Cholesterol

Artifacts From September 11 Permeate Fabric Of New York CityResearchers from the New  York University School of Medicine, New York State Department of Health and other public institutions analyzed the effects of various chemical contaminants and carcinogens which entered homes via dust clouds post the 9/11 tack. What was discovered was interesting. Researchers discovered participants who were exposed to the contaminants had higher levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. So even post the 9/11 attacks we are still see its negative health effects. For more information click here.

By Julia Watson

2017 Fiscal Year H-2A Visa Recipients

H-2A visas allow foreign national entry into the U.S. for temporary or seasonal agricultural work. Check out this map which shows the number of H-2A visa recipients for the 2017 fiscal year by city represented by the blue circles. In addition the map also has a second layer which displays the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly  (linguistic isolation)  indicated by the color scheme.

Data source: <Web accessed 9/7/17>

By Julia Watson

H-2A Employer Certifications, 2015 Map

Check out this interactive map by the NATIONAL CENTER FOR FARMWORKER HEALTH  which maps out the H-2A employer certificates for 2015. From this data you can indicated the number of farm workers and see where they predominantly work.

Agriculture has few safety regulations which is problematic for farm workers. According to the federal standards children 10 years of age can be employed as a farm worker with parental consent and children 14 years of age without parental consent or a work permit. For these reasons farm workers face various health issues including occupational injuries from chemical exposures and musculoskeletal disorders, chronic conditions (diabetes and heart disease), infectious disease (tuberculosis and sexual transmitted infections), mental health and child developmental issue.

Maps like this allow for public health workers to identify highly concentrated areas and possible provide resources, such as health services, to such vulnerable communities.

2015 H-2A Employer Certifications from NCFH_org

By Julia Watson