World Map on Average Consumption of Sugars and Sweeteners

The Word Dental Federation created a map on the average consumption of sugars and sweeteners, measured by grams per person per day. This map is one of many maps created by the World Dental Federation about the indicators and factors of oral health and oral health related issues. Based on the map below, in most countries in the world, including the U.S., individuals are consuming more than 100 grams of sugar per person per day. This information is significant for developing policies and issues regarding oral health issues and chronic illnesses.

Visit the World Dental Federation’s website here to learn more about their work and maps related to oral health.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/43_map_oral_health_2.pdf

 

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World Map of Oral Cancer

The following map is from the World Dental Federation. This map shows the incidence rate per 100,000 people of oral and lip cancer in individuals who are 15 years of age and older. Based on this map, the U.S. appears to have an oral cancer incidence rate of 5.0 – 6.9 per 100,000 people. This incidence rate is higher than other countries, which aren’t as developed or economically stable. Maps like this are important in understanding the differences in incidence and prevalence rates of many oral health-related issues.

For more information on the World Dental Federation and their maps on various oral health indicators, check out their website, here.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/26_map_oh2.pdf

Who doesn’t have health insurance?

There are multiple reasons why some individuals in the US have health insurance and others do not.  Affordability, knowledge of health insurance policies and awareness of need are just some reasons one may or may not have health insurance. To raise public awareness about the social determinants that increase one’s susceptibility to developing heart disease and stroke, in 2014 the CDC released a map of the percentage of adults in the US who are under the age of 65 and are uninsured. This map highlights areas of the country that are severely uninsured compared to areas where almost no one is without health insurance.

To read more about the CDC’s efforts at addressing heart disease and stroke in the US, please visit their website here.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Percent of Population Under Age 65 without Health Insurance. Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/sd_insurance.htm

Heat Mapping in GA using GIS

The CDC conducted an interesting case study in which they mapped areas in Georgia that were most at risk to hazardous exposure from climate change. This map includes indicators such as percent of population below poverty level, percent 65 or older living alone, heat event exposure, percent of dialysis patients covered by Medicare, hospital insufficiency and percent impervious surface. To learn more information about how this study was conducted, check out the website here.

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Source: https://health2016.globalchange.gov/populations-concern

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

 

Antartica’s Largest Iceberg Will Soon Be Non-Existent

On its course to the equator, this massive iceberg breaking off of Antartica’s Ross Shelf is nearing destruction.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

The iceberg, called B-15, has been drifting away from Antartica for around 20 years, covering more than 6,600 miles. The iceberg has gradually fractured into multiple smaller sections, and the section pictured is called B-15Z.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

This map tracks the course of B-15Z over time, and the iceberg is now passing the South Georgian Islands. The iceberg is nearing the equator, and the warmer tropical waters will quickly melt away the gargantuan ice mass,

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Locating HPSAs for Dental Care in Georgia using GIS

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.

 

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Source: https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/topics/shortageareas.aspx