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Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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NCI is hosting a conference on Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences September 12-14, 2016 in Bethesda, MD.   When I learned about this conference, I automatically thought about how cancer control coalitions use data for developing and implementing their cancer control plans and how important it is that researchers connect with these practitioners when they are studying and developing new geospatial tools.  I’m not a strong “data” person but from working with states, tribes, territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions, I do know that having access to local level data that can be used to help  for moving their cancer control efforts forward.  I would love to hear about work that is happening at the state and local level around using geospatial data for cancer control planning and implementation.  I would like to use this discussion post as a starting place for identifying how geospatial data is used in the real world.   

·        Is your coalition using geospatial data to inform your cancer control activities? 

·        State Cancer Profiles is one tool NCI and CDC have developed to help with utilizing mapping data for cancer control planning.  Do you use State Cancer Profiles?  If so, how have you                used it and what have the outcomes been? 

·        Do you use other geospatial tools in your cancer control efforts?  What are they and how do you use them? 

I look forward to learning a lot from this discussion.  When the call for abstracts for this conference become available I will be sure to let you know!  


Hi Cindy, The National

Hi Cindy, The National Comprehensive Cancer Control programs encourages the use of geospatial data.  A number of state have performed spatial analysis using non traditional state and local datasets.  States have used statewide data from department of education, recreation and parks, tobacco control and nutrition physical activity and obesity programs and coaliton membership to assess capacity fo policy health system change.

Hi Annette,

Hi Annette,

Thanks for sharing the information on how state coalitions use geospatial data!  It would be great to hear from some of the states that have used this type of data and have them share examples of how they've used it!