The Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada School of Medicine collects a range of data covering population, poverty, health, workforce, and access to health for the 17 counties in the state. The data has been previously published in seven editions of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book. The Data Book now has an online version with the Nevada Instant Atlas using online mapping software. We spoke to Tabor Griswold, PhD, health services research analyst, about the new atlas and making population health data more accessible to the public.
How did you find out about InstantAtlas?
I attended the Esri International User’s Conference and saw a presentation by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on its atlas. I have been collecting health data since 2004 and it has been a long-held objective to create an online version. However, the cost of and or programming a website was more involvement than I wanted and InstantAtlas seemed like a reasonably-priced solution.