2008 DataSpeak Web Conference Series: Using GIS in MCH Research and Planning

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
2:00 - 3:00 pm est

The MCH Information Resource Center, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is pleased to announce the first program in the 2008 DataSpeak Web conference series: "Using GIS in MCH Research and Planning."

To register for this program, go to the MCH IRC Web site.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been used by government and commercial entities for many purposes ranging from urban planning to sales and marketing. GIS allows users to store, edit, and analyze spatial or geographic data, in addition to creating maps presenting the results. This DataSpeak conference will provide maternal and child health professionals, researchers, and program planners with a basic understanding of GIS and the methodology involved, as well as examples of how GIS has been used to examine variation in maternal and child health outcomes and disparities in access to care at the State and local level.


  • Overview of GIS Methodology and Its Applications in Public Health Russell Kirby, Ph.D., M.S., FACE
  • Immigrant Reproductive Health Disparities: A GIS Analysis Sara McLafferty, Ph.D.
  • GIS for Policy, Program Planning, and Evaluation: Lessons Learned Gene R. Takahashi, Ph.D., M.P.H

More information on this program is available here.

If you have further questions, please contact Jennifer Decker at 207-772-1410.