Using GIS Maps to Advocate for Healthier Communities

Date/Time
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Maps have been at the forefront of decision-making for centuries. From John Snow’s cholera map of 1854 to New Deal-era redlining maps, they have played an instrumental part in decisions that have had long-lasting impacts on communities. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how geographic information systems (GIS) can reveal relationships between geography and health (in)equity, and how community members can use their own maps to advocate for policy changes that promote community health and wellness.

Topics discussed will include:

  • What differentiates “policy maps” from a regular map
  • Examples of current and historical maps that have had long-lasting consequences on policies
  • Practical application of data in maps to inform decision-makers on matters of health and social equity

This webinar is intended for community members and coalitions interested in using geospatial data to form the basis of policy advocacy campaigns.

Presenter: Meredith Gibson, IPS Media Director, San Diego County

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