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Indiana State Department of Health

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About the User Group

The Health Geographics User Group is a community of individuals which utilize geospatial concepts and technologies for public health initiatives.  The group is currently estalishing a member base within the department through the utilization of GIS software by epidemiologists and health planners.  Participation will become available to all health partners throughout the state.  The groups seeks to provide:

  • Peer support of methodologies and projects
  • Peer review of cartographic products
  • Documentation of best practices and standards
  • Project presentations and knowledge sharing
  • Workshops and continued learning
  • Integration of geospatial technology
  • 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 a state certified instructor
  • 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.