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GIS for Health Workforce Research

A geographic information system (GIS) is designed to gather, manage, analyze, and present geographic data.

GIS has many applications in health workforce research. Health workforce researchers frequently use GIS to locate providers, define underserved areas, and create thematic maps. This video series demonstrates how to accomplish common tasks encountered by health workforce researchers in ArcGIS. 


Matthew Allegretti, MFA
Communications Specialist
Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center

Nafin Harun, MA
Research Analyst
Center for Health Workforce Studies

How to Add Zip Code Level Medicaid Enrollment Data to a Primary Care HPSA

Description: This tutorial demonstrates how to use ArcGIS to add Zip Code level Medicaid enrollment data to a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

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How to Connect HRSA’s Data Warehouse to ArcGIS and Extract Data

Description: Using Texas as an example, this tutorial demonstrates how to connect HRSA’s data warehouse to ArcGIS and export Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) data.

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How to Calculate a Ratio and Create a Thematic Map in ArcGIS

Description: This tutorial focuses on how to calculate a population to physician ratio by county in California; how to create a thematic map based on ratio; and how to export the map so it can be used in other applications.

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