Community Outreach Activities
LLUHGIS continues to expose students, faculty, and staff to Health GIS applications and educational opportunities through the following:
Global Health Facilities Database Initiative
This is a voluntary initiative involving an “open data” process among many organizations and individuals desiring to build a more accurate open and free database containing sufficient metadata to accurately locate a healthcare facility (beginning with hospitals) across the globe. The original purpose of this initiative was to supply only the absolute necessary geographic and demographic information to support search and rescue operations on the ground. LLUHGIS has volunteered to coordinate volunteers and organizations wishing to be part of the initiative.
LLUHGIS Professional Services
By applying geotechnology principles to health practices, LLUGIS has brought an unprecedented level of scientific exploration to public health policy decision-making. Following are some of the GIS professional service applications LLUGIS has been or currently involved.
LLU Water Utilities Management GIS Project
The purpose of this project was for LLUHGIS to assist Loma Linda University Health Power Plant (LLUPP) to design and develop a geodatabase data model for water utility features, based on the ArcGIS Water Utilities Data Model Template, as well as related data conversion testing, quality control, and analysis.
LLUAHSC Philanthropy and Planned Giving Geodemographic Analysis and Mapping Support
LLUHGIS fulfills mapping requests from LLUAHSC Philanthropy and Planned Giving office on need basis.
LLUH Parking Finder application
This customized LLU Parking Finder Web application is designed as a self-service portal that provides parking map information for visitors and guests to LLU campus. HGIS is responsible for producing a solution to collect data, publish, manage, and update parking related information based on LLUH Geoportal framework.
The VA GeoCOMPASS project
The GeoCOMPASS project is designed to (1) identify specific “small area” geographical locales where rates of adherence are particularly high or low within a defined catchment area; (2) use statistical multivariate modelling to produce an individualized Patient Adherence Score (PAS) to predict the likelihood that a Veteran with be adherent; and (3) distinguish between effects of individual vs. health care-based factors of adherence. Through a proposed IPA, LLUHGIS serves as a collaborator and oversees: (a) the technical aspects and implementation of the geospatial analyses (b) the GIS and linked methods of spatial analysis and statistical validation for the adherence rate.