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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Philippines Crowdsources Health Facilities and other Health GIS News

In support of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) launches the first of its ‘Crowdsourcing for Health’ initiatives using GoogleMaps.

Determined to maximize the benefits of the social networking platform, PhilHealth is encouraging the online crowd to help map all health facilities in the Philippines, according to  the statement from the agency website.

In fact, the public is invited to put points on Google Map Maker or OpenStreetMap. PhilHealth will be combining the data and hosting it on its website. I'm pretty sure you can do that with OSM data (with attribution); I'm not sure about the Google licensing.

- Philippine Information Agency

Middle Georgia got an EPA grant to do lead testing via Head Start programs among other things. The other things:

The goals of the grant are to increase testing in the district’s 10 rural counties from 9 percent to at least 25 percent within a year; to educate primary care providers about lead risks and testing requirements; and to evaluate a geographic information system risk model in Bibb County that will identify high-risk neighborhoods and the children who live in them.

- Macon.com

A recent report [pdf] on health inequities in the San Joaquin Valley gives new meaning to the real estate mantra: location, location, location.

The report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Fresno State's Central Valley Health Policy Institute found that location plays a very real role in health -- so real in fact that life expectancy rates can vary by as much as 21 years in the valley, depending on the ZIP code.

- California HealthLine

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 04:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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