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Geographic Information Systems Technology

  • By: Roxanne Parrott
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

One goal of health communication is to accurately reflect the medical science and personal experiences associated with inputs to health. Geographic information systems (GIS) are computer-based technology tools that increase the capacity to do so. GIS uniquely enable inclusion of spatial and temporal dimensions in disease model maps to visually communicate inputs to health status. GIS systematically integrate information through the application of computer science and technology, overlaying multiple layers of content. This promotes the ability to consider how environmental exposures, demographics, and/or behavioral risk factors correspond to disease incidence, mortality, demographics, and health care services.

Tool for Influence and Recommendations

Visual communication through GIS mapping supports health communicators' efforts to influence a broad range of audiences including stakeholders, policy makers, and media for the advancement ...

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