FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 19, 2018
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LEAWOOD, Kan. — HealthLandscape, an innovation of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which develops interactive, web-based geospatial tools that provide current data for health policy planners, has been awarded a $7 million dollar, five-year contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration for continuation of its Uniform Data System Mapper.
The UDS Mapper was developed to help the Health Center Program awardees identify geographic areas in their communities that lack primary health care services. The UDS Mapper allows users to analyze the geographic reach, penetration and growth of specific health care programs and their relationship to other federally-linked health resources. With such information, policy planners can identify areas that need more investment in the health care safety net.
“The truly gratifying part of this news is that HRSA is acknowledging the value of our research and the power of geospatial analysis in improving access to health care for underserved areas,” said HealthLandscape’s Jennifer Rankin, PhD, who serves as project director for the UDS Mapper. “We’re pleased that HRSA has renewed and expanded our contract to include in-house development for the coding behind the UDS Mapper.”
HealthLandscape worked with the Robert Graham Center in the successful development of the HealthLandscape mapping platform. It has held the UDS Mapper contract with HRSA since 2009. Since that time, it has been renewed and expanded to take advantage of the research capacity of HealthLandscape staff.
Available since July 2010, the UDS Mapper currently has more than 25,000 registered users and is gaining more every day. The UDS Mapper is a publicly available, online visualization and decision-support tool built for HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care. It combines, analyzes, and displays ZIP code level data sources that health policy planners can use to understand factors such as where patients of health centers live and social determinants of health that affect access to health services. The UDS Mapper team supports users via online support tools, online training, interactive support, and presentations and exhibits at local, regional and national conferences.
“HealthLandscape’s UDS Mapper team are people who understand the health policy landscape and what’s going on in terms of primary care and workforce issues,” Rankin said. “We know the issues underlying the challenge of improving access to quality care. That deep knowledge is the benefit we bring to the table, and we’re proud to continue our work supporting HRSA’s mission to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled workforce and innovative programs.”
HealthLandscape develops, administers, and markets geospatial analysis software tools and professional services. HealthLandscape is an innovation of the AAFP responsible for the successful development of the HealthLandscape mapping platform. This group has extensive experience in GIS applications relating to health centers and primary care and works closely on all projects as a team. To learn more, visit www.healthlandscape.org or the HealthLandscape blog. Follow HealthLandscape on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Robert Graham Center
The AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care is a research center sponsored by the AAFP but operated with editorial independence. It was established a decade ago to provide evidence for policy-making and to bring a family medicine and primary care perspective to health policy deliberations. The Robert Graham Center staff are experts in the use and analysis of large datasets using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and have a strong and team-based approach to GIS-related work and application development.
About American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.
To learn more about the AAFP and family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.
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About American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 127,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine and the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, visit www.aafp.org. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.