Surveillance and analysis at the Center for Health Systems Research and Development. East Carolina University is committed to service, teaching and research. It has a major commitment to improving health in the state and eastern region of North Carolina. The Center for Health Systems Research and Development (CHSRD) in the Department of Public Health is an important part of the University’s Health Sciences Division. In addition to surveillance and analysis of health problems, the Center is engaged with local communities to plan, develop, and improve systems of health services. We spoke to Christopher Mansfield and Katherine Jones about the center’s Health Data Explorer.
What were you hoping to do?
We had developed paper-based atlases showing major disease mortality, disparities between groups, social and economic factors for Eastern North Carolina which we updated every three years. This meant revisiting a lot of data and creating new maps each time.