Age UK creates map showing likelihood of loneliness for 1 MILLION older people

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Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It campaigns on different issues from calling for reform of the care system to trying to improve the bus route in local communities. Age UK has been exploring what factors make older people more at risk of loneliness and whether people with similar risk levels live near each other. We spoke to research adviser Susan Davidson about the project and how the charity used interactive mapping software to create a map showing risk of loneliness.

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Creating a global atlas for rheumatic heart disease data in an easily accessible format using graphs, maps and tables

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Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable, treatable form of cardiovascular disease that affects over 32 million people around the world and claims 275,000 lives annually. It affects the world’s poorest, most vulnerable populations and imposes heavy costs on the health systems that can least afford it. If left untreated, RHD can lead to heart valve damage, stroke, heart failure, and death. Treatment of advanced disease requires costly surgery unavailable in many parts of the world.

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Using mapping software to create the first health atlas for Bavaria

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The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) is the central administrative body in Bavaria for food safety, health, veterinary as well as industrial and product safety. Its role is to record and evaluate health risks for the population, inform consumers and protect them from being misled or deceived, undertake applied research focused in cooperation with manufacturers, universities and government agencies. It also supports the official control of foodstuffs, the public health service, the official veterinary and occupational safety and health administration in Bavaria.

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Benchmarking maternity service indicators in the south west of England

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Using mapping software to improve understanding and awareness of health status within Brantford & Brant County, Ontario.

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The Brant Health Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that provides information on the health of residents in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant in Ontario, Canada. Information is available on socio-demographic characteristics and a variety of key health indicators by age, sex and neighbourhood. These health indicators are aligned with core indicators developed by the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). The tool allows users to view this information on a map, in tables, or graphs. We spoke to Adam Stevens, epidemiologist at the Brant County Health Unit (www.bchu.org), about the mapping tool and the benefits they have seen from using InstantAtlas.

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Improving access to public health data using interactive maps for a range of stakeholders in the Fraser Valley, Canada

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Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health care services to more than 1.6 million British Columbians living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope. Its services range from acute care hospitals to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services. It is one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing health authorities, with over 22,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and nearly 6,500 volunteers. We spoke to GIS Analyst, Geoff Ramler in the authority’s Population Health Observatory about software mapping and the way it is being used to improve decision making.

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Our stakeholders need data and information to help them make decisions about the way healthcare and other services are delivered. With a wide range of individuals using this data, from municipal planners and city managers to healthcare staff, we had to make sure it was presented in a way that was easy to access and understand. Keeping up with these individual requests for data and analysis was creating a challenge for the Observatory. We needed a way to put information into the hands of our stakeholders, and at the same time, lighten the load on our team.

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