Thursday, April 19 • 10:20am - 10:50am
Mapping Social Health Determinents

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United Way of Yellowstone County has worked with GIS Consultants, nonprofit, health, education, and local government partners to use GIS and data mapping to inform work on social determinants of health. The primary benefits of mapping for UWYC have been the universal language of maps. They provide a familiar context for stakeholders in our community to explore and understand multiple data sets (the unfamiliar) in a geographic context (the familiar). Mapping at the neighborhood and census tract levels have also given us new tools for program planning, resourcing, and implementation. With scarce resources, the ability to drill down to specific pockets of need, rather than relying on county or city data, is critical. Our presentation will explain how we got started using GIS to explore issues like: child abuse and neglect, literacy, food insecurity, academic success, and housing cost burdens. We will discuss benefits, challenges, and future direction.


Annastacia Anderson

Annastacia Anderson is a Senior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and was introduced to GIS in two of her classes. She was a GIS intern with United Way of Yellowstone County for a year where she worked with various professionals... Read More →

Kristin Lundgren

Kristin Lundgren is the Director of Impact at United Way of Yellowstone County where she leads organizational work to address poverty. She first used GIS to understand geographic patterns of Minor In Possession citations when working for Montana State University Billings. At United... Read More →

Dean Wells

Dean Wells has over 25 years of experience with non-profits and earned a Master’s in Organizational Psychology.  His work has included supporting agencies and community efforts through assessments, training and education.  Through this experience, he gained a foundation and appreciation... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Helena Room