GA County Health Rankings

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH) created maps of the health factors and outcomes in all of the counties in Georgia. The list of health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. However, there is no mention of any oral health indicators. Health outcomes are defined as length and quality of life. Maps of these indicators and outcomes are helpful to better understand the impact of health issues in various populations. In the map below, the green counties represent health outcomes and the blue counties represent health factors.

Click on the source link below to access more information about GADPH’s state-wide data mapping efforts.

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Source: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/georgia/2018/overview#!%2Fgeorgia%2F2018%2Foverview

 

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Do Socioeconomic Factors Influence Texans’ Decision to Get Vaccinated? – A cartographic Approach

Texas has one of the highest vaccination rates for childhood diseases overall, 97.4%, according to CDC. But the number of children not vaccinated because of their parents’ “personal beliefs”—as opposed to medical reasons—has risen since 2003, when such exemptions were introduced, to more than 44,000 so far in 2017 according to CDC. The 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series is an overall measure that encompasses many vaccines that are recommended for children. Various demographic factors (sex, gender, race, availability of commercial health insurance) influence the decision to get vaccinated, were looked at.

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The county-level data on the socioeconomic factors were obtained from US Census Bureau (American Factfinder). The health insurance data was obtained from Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). The vaccination rates were obtained from Texas Immunization registry through DSHS. The data was cleaned and geocoded to be analyzed in ArcGIS to produce maps as shown in Figure 1. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used to analyze the relationship between vaccination rates and independent variable.

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The non-vaccination rates are higher around the major cities of Dallas, Austin-San Antonio, Houston and some northwest Texas counties. Population density has a positive correlation with the non-vaccination rate. Other demographic factors have a positive correlation in certain counties as opposed to others.

 

Source: American FactFinder, Texas Immunisation Registry

The limitation on the immunization data is it being an optional registry so it would not be accurate to run statistics off this information to estimate an immunization rate. In future, it is productive to expand this concept to use regression analysis to try to find the odds of the relationship expressed in the maps and to find if there is a significant association.

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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Everydayhealth.com Flu Map

EverydayHealth.com posted a flu map of the United States to show flu-risk trends and predictions. You can either click on your state and county or enter your zip code to see how your area rates. The map is color coded with mild risk and predictions colored white, moving to moderate risk with a turquoise color, then leading to severe with pinks and then red as the most dangerous.

Screen shot 2015-03-30 at 11.51.34 AM“Our methodology takes into account current and historical CDC data, rising and falling interest in flu on social media and in online searches, and local and regional weather information. The flu map predicts flu severity county by county across the United States so you can plan ahead and take precautions to avoid the flu – both at home and in places where you plan to travel” (everydayhealth.com)

Go and check out the map by Everyday Health!

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

NY Times- Hardest Places to Live in the US

This very interesting map, put together by the New York Times, shows by county the hardest places to live based on six areas of evaluation. Each county is analyzed on education (who received a bachelors degree), unemployment rate, household income, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. The results are colored coded with the dark teal color representing counties doing well, an off-white color representing the average, and orange showing the counties doing the worst. By moving your mouse across the map, you can easily find your area and see where your county stands.

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Info by Location

This site provided by the CDC gives you quick facts about the county you live in. By just entering your zip code or name of county, you can instantly see fast facts on your county’s population, asthma disease, air quality, smoking, and health insurance.

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 9.23.48 AMWhen I visited the site I looked up Middlesex County, which is where I go to school. Some things I learned were that about 15.1% of people living in this county are without health insurance, 7.7% are living below the poverty line, and there are about 169, 694 people living here in Middlesex in my age group of 20-34.

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Go and check out facts on your county!

Posted by Eva Gerrits, intern. Click here to see the site. contact at gis@vertices.com