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Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project.

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Miranda, ML; Silva, JM; Overstreet Galeano, MA; Brown, JP; Campbell, DS; Coley, E; Cowan, CS; Harvell, D; Lassiter, J; Parks, JL; Sandelé, W
Published in: American journal of public health
December 2005

State government, university, and local health department (LHD) partners collaborated to build the geographic information system (GIS) capacity of 5 LHDs in North Carolina. Project elements included procuring hardware and software, conducting individualized and group training, developing data layers, guiding the project development process, coordinating participation in technical conferences, providing ongoing project consultation, and evaluating project milestones. The project provided health department personnel with the skills and resources required to use sophisticated information management systems, particularly those that address spatial dimensions of public health practice. This capacity-building project helped LHDs incorporate GIS technology into daily operations, resulting in improved time and cost efficiency. Keys to success included (1) methods training rooted in problems specific to the LHD, (2) required project identification by LHD staff with associated timelines for development, (3) ongoing technical support as staff returned to home offices after training, (4) subgrants to LHDs to ease hardware and software resource constraints, (5) networks of relationships among LHDs and other professional GIS users, and (6) senior LHD leadership who supported the professional development activities being undertaken by staff.

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Published In

American journal of public health

DOI

EISSN

1541-0048

ISSN

0090-0036

Publication Date

December 2005

Volume

95

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2180 / 2185

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Development
  • North Carolina
  • Local Government
  • Humans
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Cooperative Behavior
 

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Miranda, M. L., Silva, J. M., Overstreet Galeano, M. A., Brown, J. P., Campbell, D. S., Coley, E., … Sandelé, W. (2005). Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project. American Journal of Public Health, 95(12), 2180–2185. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2004.048785
Miranda, Marie Lynn, Jennifer M. Silva, M Alicia Overstreet Galeano, Jeffrey P. Brown, Douglas S. Campbell, Evelyn Coley, Christopher S. Cowan, et al. “Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project.American Journal of Public Health 95, no. 12 (December 2005): 2180–85. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2004.048785.
Miranda ML, Silva JM, Overstreet Galeano MA, Brown JP, Campbell DS, Coley E, et al. Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project. American journal of public health. 2005 Dec;95(12):2180–5.
Miranda, Marie Lynn, et al. “Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project.American Journal of Public Health, vol. 95, no. 12, Dec. 2005, pp. 2180–85. Epmc, doi:10.2105/ajph.2004.048785.
Miranda ML, Silva JM, Overstreet Galeano MA, Brown JP, Campbell DS, Coley E, Cowan CS, Harvell D, Lassiter J, Parks JL, Sandelé W. Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: lessons from a North Carolina project. American journal of public health. 2005 Dec;95(12):2180–2185.

Published In

American journal of public health

DOI

EISSN

1541-0048

ISSN

0090-0036

Publication Date

December 2005

Volume

95

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2180 / 2185

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Development
  • North Carolina
  • Local Government
  • Humans
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Cooperative Behavior