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Indiana State Department of Health

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Two communities of professionals are available to those who utilize geospatial concepts and technologies for public health initiatives:  the Indiana Geospatial Health Workgroup and the GIS Health User Group. 

Indiana Geospatial Health Workgroup

This group is in development.  Please contact PHG if you are interested in participating.  The Indiana Geospatial Health Workgroup is a state-wide group organized under the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC).  Participation is open to both IGIC members and non-members who work in the health industry.  The workgroup provides:

  • A forum for presenting geospatial projects, research and analysis by those in the health industry
  • A vehicle for sharing GIS data and integrating workflows
  • An opportunity to formulate and distribute best practices related to health GIS
  • And encourages the utilization of geospatial tools

GIS Health User Group

The GIS Health User Group is comprised of approximately 30 ISDH staff members (e.g. epidemiologists and health planners) who use GIS software or regularly utlize PHG services. Participation is open to ISDH partners as well.  Please contact PHG if you are interested in participating. The group provides:

  • On-Boarding for new GIS software users
  • Demonstrations and walk-throughs
  • Peer support of methodologies and projects
  • Peer review of cartographic products
  • Documentation of best practices and standards
  • Project presentations and knowledge sharing
  • Integration of geospatial technology
  • GIS Software support

Prerequisites for Participation

In order for users to offer effective collaboration and benefits, the group requires new users to have experience in geospatial concepts and technologies.  Mentorships or training may be available for new users.  Qualified individuals should have completed one of the following:

  • Training through an IOT GIS introduction class
  • Training through a certified vendor
  • Training through on-line courses
  • Training through User Group mentorship
  • College Coursework

User Group Meetings

User Group meetings are currently held bi-weekly and feature demonstrations on GIS software features and concepts including:  attribute joins, spatial joins, spatial selections, geocoding, analysis tools, cluster tools, map packaging, cartographic rules, labeling, data-drive pages and more.  Any ISDH staff member or ISDH partner should feel free to attend.  Please contact PHG for more information.