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NLM Spotlight: Community Health Maps Blog

The Community Health Maps Blog provides information about affordable Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools for use in collecting and visualizing public health trends through maps and spatial data. The blog is geared towards community-based organizations engaged in collecting information about the health of their communities. Since many community organizations may not have the resources for expensive GIS software or a fulltime GIS specialist, the blog focuses on tools that are low cost or open source.

The blog posts feature reviews of mapping apps and software; best practices for using the tools during data collection, analysis, and visualization; and experiences of groups who have implemented a mapping workflow into their projects. The blog also includes lab exercises to take a user through the Community Health Mapping workflow with step-by-step instructions for each of the tools involved. The labs are currently being updated to reflect recent changes in some of the software, and the new labs will be available this spring.

You can visit the Community Health Maps Blog at https://communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov/. The blog is a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine, Center for Public Service Communications and Bird’s Eye View.

Want to learn more about the Community Health Maps blog and resources? Attend an upcoming webinar!

NNLM Resource Picks: Community Health Mapping
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm CT
To register and for more information: https://nnlm.gov/class/community-health-mapping/278

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