Average Fine Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) (µg/m³) By County (2011)

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Check out this map that shows the average fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) (µg/m³) by county for the year 2011. From the map we can see clusters with a higher average indicated by the darker shading. For instance, we can see a cluster consisting counties within for Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming. It is also apparent there are higher concentrations in many Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern states compared to western states. States such as, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky predominantly have a higher average.

By Julia Watson

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NHSC and NCQA Certified PCMH Sites In Tennessee

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Check out this map that shows the number of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites in Tennessee as of 10/6/17 and the number of National Committee for Quality Assurance certified Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) sites in Tennessee as of 1/23/18.

For more information on the Patient Centered Medical Home click here.

By Julia Watson

Rate of Self Reported Pesticide Related Illness By State 2014

 

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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

Opioid Epidemic Pushes Florida Medical Schools To Change Curriculum

The opioid epidemic is not secret and has been the talk of public health and any health advocates have been trying to find ways to combat the epidemic. A group of nine Florida medical schools in particular are coming together to develop a common curriculum focused on pain and opioid prescriptions for medical students. For more information click here.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/94422092-132.html

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: http://m3.mappler.net/cdcmap/ <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

Opioid Prescribing Rate By County 2013

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Check out this map of the shows the rate of opioid prescription by county for the year of 2013 per 100 persons. From the map we can see many counties within various southern states and some western states, such as Northern California and Organ, have higher rates indicated by the dark brown shading. We can see that some counties had a consistent prescribing rate when compared to the previous year, 2014. For instance, Arizona and Nevada prescribing rate remained consistent when compared to the previous map for 2015.

By Julia Watson