Percent of Females Who Received Mammogram Screening By County 2013

MOTD8_9_17_%mammogramsA mammogram is a screening tool used to screen for breast cancer.  According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is one of the  three most common cancers that causes death among women [1]. For these reasons it is important for women who meet the breast cancer screening guidelines to undergo screening to detect any abnormalities or cancer early to quickly begin treatment.  Check out this map that shows the percent of women who received mammogram screening in 2013 by county. From the map we can see some counties are shaded darker than others, indicating a higher percentage of women in these counties received mammogram screenings, such as counties within New York, Maine, and Road Island. In contrast, we can see some counties within states such as, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma are shaded yellow/light orange indicating a low percent of women received mammograms.

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By Julia Watson

Years of Potential Life Lost Rate (2011 to 2013)

Check out this map that shows the years of potential life lost rate from years 2011 to 2013. The years of potential life lost rate, also known as premature mortality rate, measures the frequency in which people are dying. From the map we can see a pronounced cluster of states darkly shaded (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia) indicating a large proportion of counties within these states had a high rate of premature deaths. In other words people who lived within these counties were dying at an early age. In contrast we can see counties within states such as, Maine, Road Island, Vermont are lightly shaded yellow/orange, indicating people who lived within these counties were dying at an older age.


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By Julia Watson

India to build a GIS-based Public Safety Response System for Women

With the rise in reports of violence against women in India, special attention has been given to improving public emergency response systems. The Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Home Affairs to establish an Integrated Computer-Aided Dispatch platform.

The dispatch platform will include GIS-based call response and GPS-based police vehicle dispatch system. The system will track alarms generated by panic buttons, landlines, mobiles and mobile applications and the appropriate emergency response units will be dispatched to attend calls.

The project aims to cover 32.6 per cent of the total population or 391 million people including highly crime prone areas and cities with population of over a million.

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Juhi Mawla, Intern,

Visualize Planned Parenthood Clinics


A new interactive map shows that planned parenthood clinics targets minority neighborhoods. The map released by a group called Protecting Black life uses census data to visualize just where the clinics have been situated. To view more click here

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Data Source: Protecting BlackLife

Renice Obure, Research Intern, Vertices,

Mapping Women’s Reproductive Health in Texas

The Texas Tribune put together an interactive map to show how many pregnancies, births, and abortions occur across Texas. All of the data included was collected and published by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and is reflective of 2009.

The map shows some of the DSHS statistics broken down by age and race or ethnicity.

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Source: The Texas Tribune

Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices,