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GIS and Public Health: A Guide: Geocoding

Resources for GIS and Geocoding in relation to public health

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS data sets can be useful for many purposes. They are used primarily to display data geographically. In public health, applications for GIS are becoming more accessible as geo-coded health data and environmental exposure data increasingly become available, and new and easier-to-use GIS software is developed. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) uses GIS to monitor the health of persons living near hazardous waste sites, and to identify areas of potential concern resulting from accidental release of chemicals in the environment. 

PolicyMap Trial

Policy Map offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. Follow PolicyMap on Twitter @policymap

Domestic Data

Louisiana data

Data visualization

Geocoding Resouces

If you have address-based data that you wish to map in GIS, you'll need to assign latitude and longitude coordinates to your data so you can plot them as points.

Finding Spatial Data

Sharing non-sensitive data about the urban and rural environment allows researchers and technologists to  create new ways of understanding nature and society. 

GIS and emergency response

The use of digital mapping is becoming more important in the decision-making process during responses to emergencies. Below are examples of tools and resources that have been used in  responses and events.

Global Data