Engaging Students through the Power of Community Mapping
Community Health Mapping Workshop [$]
Have you witnessed the potential use of mapping in public health but are intimidated by the technology, or simply too busy to pursue it?
After the success of the 2016 annual meeting presentation attendees requested this hands-on training session to learn how to incorporate the Community Health Mapping (CHM) workflow into research and training programs.
Attendees will learn and discuss novel concepts and methodologies for using low cost, open-source, intuitive mapping technology for students, educators and community organizations to better serve vulnerable or underserved populations. This interactive workshop will provide examples of academic health centers and community-based organizations using the CHM workflow to help visualize data and better understand and portray its significance.
During this 4-hour hands-on workshop attendees will:
National Library of Medicine
Center for Public Service Communications
Bird’s Eye View GIS
Medical University of South Carolina
Mapping offers a different way to help students visualize Social Determinants of Health and to make the connection between what population health is, and the factors that promote or deter it.
For the past three semesters, Dr. Williamson has used GIS in her own classroom as a capstone project for population health students. They, “find it fun and can take it with them into other settings, it fits into the world of new technology, and it takes people to the next step of looking at health issues.”
GIS can empower and educate community members to identify their key issues, to become a part of an analysis, and to provide solutions. When communities are given the opportunity to map their own health, discovery, and awareness, positive changes can result. When a community feels it has more of a say through engagement with GIS, or communication with a map, intervention is more likely to be effective.