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ERIC Number: EJ931000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Enhancing the Delivery of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education through Geographic Information Systems
Stone, Matthew
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n4 suppl 2 pS148-S151 Jul-Aug 2011
The Network for a Healthy California (Network) employs a Geographic Information System (GIS) to identify the target audience and plan program activities because GIS is a powerful tool for assisting in data integration and planning. This paper describes common uses of GIS by Network contractors as well as demonstrating the possibilities of GIS as a useful tool for public health programs and audience targeting in general. Narrative examples supported with graphics describe how 1) Network contractors use the GIS to identify eligible census tracts to carry out their work, 2) the GIS can map neighborhood assets in eligible census tracts throughout California, 3) the GIS can map health behavior data to the county level throughout California, and 4) the GIS can map selected indicators of healthy neighborhood food environments in low-income areas of California. The system greatly facilitates program planning and precise audience segmentation, as well as appropriate use of SNAP-Ed funds. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California