Jan
11
Fri 10:00 AM

GIS in Public Health - January Meeting

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When: Friday, January 11, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  
Where: Arthur Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Lake Shore room
750 N. Lake Shore Drive  
Chicago, IL 60611 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Contact: Anna Rachel Roberts   +1 312 503 1495  
Group: Geographic Information Science in Public Health Special Interest Group
Category: Academic

This month Mike Stiehl from the Northwestern Mental Health Services and Policy Program (MHSPP) will be giving a presentation entitled From Theory to Practice: An Improved Service Planning Model for the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services.

 "Does close proximity to mental health providers result in better outcomes for children in the Illinois child welfare system who have mental health needs?  Utilizing GIS the Northwestern Mental Health Services and Policy Program (MHSPP) set out to answer this question and develop a GIS tool that the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) could use to identify service gaps across the state.  Working with DCFS MHSPP was able to answer a fundamental question for the agency, turn the results of that analysis into a regular reporting procedure, and improve the operation of their mental health contracting process.  This presentation will go step by step through the process and show how GIS analysis can move an agency from theory to practice."