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.
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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