Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) are designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) based on HRSA’s shortage designation criteria. According to HRSA,
“HPSAs may be designated as having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, population groups, or medical or other public facilities. MUAs may be a whole county or a group of contiguous counties, a group of counties or civil divisions, or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of health services. MUPs may include groups of persons who face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to health care.”
The HRSA website allows you find health related information using GIS. Information is sectioned by dental, mental and primary health, by state and even county.
Take a look at the map below to see the HPSAs for dental health care in Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH) offers a plethora of resources for individuals residing in Georgia who are seeking access to dental care. One important piece of information that GADPH offers are maps of dental sites throughout all regions of GA. These maps provide locations of dental care sites that are non-profit, state and/or federally funded. Those dental care sites consist of dental schools, public health dental offices, federal qualify health centers (FQHCs), charitable organizations and dental hygiene schools.
Check out the map below!
Please visit this website to learn more about this map and GADPH.
Take a look at this interesting map we made on Mappler in collaboration with Planning Communities! The map is full of GIS layers that you can toggle to show various information such as crime, food, recreation, transit, and URISA health data in DC. The picture below shows URISA data marking sidewalks, intersections, homeless locations, and garbage. Visit the map to view all the data ! nj.mapplerx.com/map/urisahealth
Air pollution is definitely a concern, especially with the growing population. I came across this air pollution map on aqicn.org that shows real-time air quality around the world. The screenshot below is of the United States, and shows that earlier today, we had a good to moderate air pollution level. If you check out the site, you can see a map of the world and compare how each country or continent is ranking in their current air level rate. The map is color-coded with green being good, yellow being moderate, orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups, red is unhealthy, purple is very unhealthy and dark red is hazardous.
Check out what your area looks like, and keep in mind how you can lessen your amount of air pollution! Check out the site by going to aqicn.org or click here.
Not only does our team at Vertices work with environmental groups, but we also participate in and work with individuals, groups, and organizations, with disaster relief initiatives. Currently we are working with Korean citizens on a map that provides real-time information on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak.
Dr. Im and his team have created www.mersjido.com in order to help organize all of the information on the disease. The map uses Google Map API and our Community Mapping Platform called Mappler, which was created by Dr. Im. This site is based on citizen participatory mapping, which means the public can easily access it and are able to add information. This community map gives the people in Korea a way to view all information on MERS just by accessing the site on their computer or phone.
www.mersjido.com is being updated by several Korean volunteers, and information is being shared on Facebook consistently. This map is a great example of how citizen participatory mapping can improve disaster management. The ability to visit the site and add/update information by using a web or mobile device, again provides the public a quick and easy way to see and add important information.
Dr. Wansoo Im, who also made NYRestroom.com in 2005, which is based on crowd-sourcing (featured in The New Yorker). Dr. Im and his team also mapped all the available gas stations in the affected US areas during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His map was used in New York City, and surrounding areas, and by FEMA, Google Crisis Map, and the US Department of Energy during the crisis.
Contact us if you want to use Mappler for your business or project. Visit the MERS site at www.mersjido.com and check out mappler.net for more information on Mappler.
Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Contact email@example.com. Click here to view the Korean MERS Map.
Personally, my allergies have been horrible so far! I recently heard that pollen this year is worst then it has been in recent seasons. Taking a good allergy medicine is key, but you can also protect yourself by being knowledgeable about the pollen count in your area. I found an allergy forecast map on Pollen.com that shows you the allergy levels in your given area across the United States. You can look at the general prediction for each state on the site which is colored coded- green for low, light green for low-medium, yellow for medium, orange for medium-high, and red for high. Also you can click your state or area of desire for a more detailed report. Once you click the state, you can enter your zip code or pick your city on the drop down menu.
Check out the site on Pollen.com or click here. Thanks pollen.com for the helpful map!
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After all of this bad weather we have had here in New Jersey, the roads are a mess with potholes. To help drivers along their route, this map will point out all the pothole hazards on the road, with the help of the public. PotholeMapping.com is a grassroots community mapping initiative by Justin E. Auciello(@auciello) and Dr. Wansoo Im. Anyone can contribute pothole location information from an Apple or Android device using the site, or from your computer. Just login under one-time guest, select Add Data, distinguish the pothole’s location by either clicking my location or find address, then fill in the information about the pothole in each category that has an asterisk. Additional comments and your name can also be added, and the time and date of your data will automatically be determined by Mappler. Once you are done adding in all of the information click submit, and your data point will appear on the map!
Visit the site and add any potholes that you see. Community participation leads to community awareness !
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On m3.mappler.net/cdcmap/ you will find information from the CDC showing a layered map of six featured categories; Demographic and Socio-Economic based on census, Demographic and Socio-Economic based on county, Mortality Rates per 100,000 people, Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders.
– Demographic and Socio-Economic (data from the census) including:
proportion of mobile housing
proportion of institutionalized population
per capita income
proportion of single parent housholds
proportion of housing structures with 10 or more units
proportion of housing with no vehicle available
proportion of population that is umemployes
proportion of population under 18
proportion of population that speaks English poorly
proportion of housing with more people than rooms
proportion of population in poverty
proportion of population over 65
proportions of non-white population
* US counties also have the same subcategories.
– Mortality Rates per 100,000 people
liver disease mortality rates
colon cancer mortality rates
transportation accident mortality rates
diabetes mellitus mortality rates
ischaemic heart disease mortality rates
stroke mortality rates
lung cancer mortality rates
alzheimers disease mortality rates
cerebrovascular disease mortality rates
hypertension mortality rates
heart disease mortality rates
pancreatic cancer mortality rates
breast cancer mortality rates
self harm mortality rates
flu and pneumonia mortality rates
For further information, more layering, and to see the maps on Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders, visit the site !
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Traveling in and around New York City will be a lot less stressful especially when you find yourself in that desperate time of need… searching for a public bathroom. This site and app, which can be accessed by any device, maps out all the public restrooms around NYC, and even shares photos of how they look. What makes this map different from other public access maps is that anyone can add points in, share photos, and update at anytime. This community map can be constantly updated with the help of whoever is in the city and wants to use it. This map was featured in The New Yorker, and put together in only 3 days, pretty impressive. Check out the site yourself, and add any point just by signing in as a guest.
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This interactive environmental data site established by the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity, & the Exposome at the University of Tennessee Health Science, provides easy public access to information on health from environmental and exposures. With these maps the community can easily compare where they live, work, or frequent, to where potential environmental health risks are located. Some examples of the maps are:
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