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GIS Health News Weekly: Barbers, Polio, Lower Child Death Rates

Blood Pressure Check at the Barber

Dr. Ronald Victor is taking blood pressure checks to the men of Los Angeles, by way of the barbershop.

This week, he received an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a study testing whether barbershop intervention could significantly lessen hypertension in African-American men.

The idea is that perhaps local barbershops are a better place to check blood pressure than the doctor's office. Besides, it's traditionally a place where man gather to discuss men things. There are also funds for local clinics for those without insurance or who can't afford medical attention.

Maps and Polio

Dr. Bruce Aylward from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Dr. Vincent Seaman from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will share their stories with an audience of more than 16,000 attendees at the Opening Session of the 2014 Esri User Conference (Esri UC) on Monday, July 14. As experts in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, they will describe the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing fundamental healthcare to impoverished regions. They'll also talk about the importance maps have in pinpointing where help is needed most around the world.

"New" Health Mapping Blog

Community Health Maps launched either this week (tweeted by person behind it) or in May (date of first and only post to date):

Welcome!  The goal of this blog is to provide information about low cost mapping tools that can be used by community organizations.  Perhaps you’ve seen the potential uses of mapping in public health, but are overwhelmed by the technology and/or simply too busy to pursue it.  We hope this blog will facilitate the use of GIS mapping for those that fall into this category.  We also hope to support those already engaged in mapping and enhance their community mapping initiatives, even if they may be using other tools.  The blog will be a mixture of mapping apps/software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have successfully implemented a mapping workflow as part of their work. This is a project of the National Library of Medicine. Everything provided on this site is in the public domain and free of charge. All training materials developed in 2013 are available here (

Where are Childhood Deaths Dropping? Not Where You'd Think

A new Pulitzer Center interactive map spotlights instead a remarkable success, and one that has gone under-reported — the extraordinary decline in the rate of child mortality.

Where? Guatemala. And, do check out the graphic; "now that's what I call a story map."

Published Friday, June 27th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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