Using GIS to Generate Population Surfaces, to Enable Data Analysis by Local Public Health Jurisdictions in Wisconsin
Track: Health and Human Services
Author(s): Larry Hanrahan, Dave Carter, Janet Sausen
Wisconsin has 100 local public health jurisdictions (LPHJ). Estimates of population and disease incidence by demographic groups are needed for each LPHJ to determine populations at risk and allocate health care resources. However, LPHJs in Wisconsin do not always follow political boundaries, thus population data is not easily available.
In a cooperative agreement, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are using ARC/INFO to generate State-wide population surfaces from (U.S. Census) TIGER block group data and disease incidence from hospital discharge data. Individual surfaces are generated, the local public health jurisdictions are overlaid, and estimated population and incidence are tabulated for each jurisdictional polygon.
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services--Division of Public Health
1 West Wilson St.
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Phone: (608) 267-7173
Fax: (608) 267-4853