Allergy Maps has some pretty interesting maps related to air quality. If you are curious about the amount of tree, weed, or grass pollen, mold, and breathing index within the United States, take a look at their site! Below is a screenshot of one of their maps for mold spore counts, green indicates low counts and red shows areas of high counts. Go to to see all of the maps! What does your area look like? 

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CDC Stroke Death Rate

This CDC map displays stroke death rates from 2011-2013 in adults ages sixty-five and older. The data is taken from the National Vital Statistics System and the National Center for Health Statistics. This particular map shows all ethnic groups, and if you visit the site you can see other maps that focus on one ethnicity. Go to to see all the maps and to view more information !


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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!

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Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

Image The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There’s a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called “Introduction” which explains the point: This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable. Read the full article here. Jin Lee, Intern,

Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada received the State of Nevada’s Silver ACE Award!




The Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada (HCM) is a collaborative project between the Community Health Alliance (a combination of HAWC and the former Saint Mary’s Outreach Programs), University of Nevada Reno, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. This website houses current data on population health status and health care utilization at the zip code level in Washoe County. The HCM website also provides information and resources for individuals and organizations working to improve the health and well-being of residents living in Washoe County, including a Community Health Needs Assessment undertaken by Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada was developed by the HCM Project Team with the input of a broad-based community advisory board and through the generous support of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Visit the website here and check out the map here

Jin Lee, Intern, 

Need to find a Health Based Safe Haven?

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In the UK, Health-based places of safety are part of a mental health unit on a mental health hospital or acute hospital site, or part of an accident and emergency department in an acute hospital.

Section 136 of the Mental Health Act allows for someone believed by the police to have a mental disorder, and who may cause harm to themselves or another, to be detained in a public place and taken to a safe place where a mental health assessment can be carried out.

Places of safety include hospitals, care homes, or any suitable places where the occupier is willing to receive the person while the assessment is completed.

Find out more and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, 

Deaths from Air Pollution in the UK

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Public Health England have published a study looking deaths from particulate air pollution by each UK borough. The map shows the percentage of deaths in 2010 calculated to be caused by fine particulate matter (ambient PM2.5) concentration in each local authority and particulate matter concentration. 

Check out the map created by the Guardian here and read the full study by Public Health England here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern,

Aussies looking for support for Arthritis?

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Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria(AOV) has created a service directory for Australians’ with arthritis using Google Maps technology. The Arthritis Map of Victoria serves as the State’s online local musculoskeletal (MSK) service directory which aims to provide health professionals and people with MSK condition easy access to relevant, up to date information that helps them better manage their health. 

Read the rest of the article and check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, 

A Polio Free Southeast Asia

Source: LA Times

Southeast Asia is officially polio free according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The region, comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste,  is the fourth of six worldwide regions to earn a polio-free status. In 1995, the Americas became the first region WHO declared polio-free, followed by the Western Pacific region in 2000 and the European region in 2002.

Polio is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and often spreads through regions with poor sanitation largely affecting children under age 5. Although the WHO said 80% of the world’s population now live in polio-free regions, officials note more work is needed, especially in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, where the disease remains prevalent.

Read the article here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, 

Where’s HIV in the United States?

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AIDSVu is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. The state- and county-level data on AIDSVu come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national HIV surveillance database, which is comprised of HIV surveillance reports from state and local health departments. ZIP code and census tract data come directly from state, county and city health departments, depending on which entity is responsible for HIV surveillance in a particular geographic area.

Uses can search through HIV prevalence data by race/ethnicity, sex and age, and see how HIV prevalence is related to various social determinants of health, such as educational attainment and poverty.

As one can see, HIV prevalence in the United States is concentrated in the South highlighting one of the many health disparities in the North-South divide in the United States.

Check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern,