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Two communities of professionals are available to those who utilize geospatial concepts and technologies for public health initiatives: the Indiana Geospatial Health Workgroup and the GIS Health User Group.
The Indiana GIS Health User Group is a new state-wide network of professionals organized under the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC). Participation is open to both IGIC members and non-members who work in the health or health-related industries. The user group provides:
The ISDH GIS Health User Group is comprised of approximately 30 ISDH staff members (e.g. epidemiologists and health planners) who use GIS software or regularly utlize PHG services. Participation is open to ISDH partners as well. Please contact PHG if you are interested in participating. The group provides:
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:
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.