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The California Environmental Health Tracking Program: New Online GIS Tools for Investigating Diseases and the Environment
Written: April, 2008


Diseases, such as asthma, are related to environmental risk factors, which have a large spatial component. Therefore, the use of GIS has become an integral part of public health research and practice. Recent advancements in GIS , geostatistics, and access to address-level health data have made it possible to analyze and visualize diseases (e.g. asthma) and their risk factors (e.g. traffic-related air pollution) with more versatility than ever before. GIS allows us to geocode illness occurrences; link health outcomes and their risk factors by examining their spatial and temporal patterns; visualize results on a map; and finally disseminate and communicate the results to other scientists, policy makers, and community stakeholders.

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Suggested Citation

  • Smorodinsky S, Roberts E, Wolff C, Wong M, Falade M, Guo L, King G, English P. The California Environmental Health Tracking Program: New Online GIS Tools for Investigating Diseases and the Environment. The BAAMA Journal; Vol.2/Issue1:5-6. April, 2008.