Public Health


Understand and communicate public health patterns and insights. Location intelligence is key to identifying community resources, monitoring infectious diseases, and informing digital public health transformation.

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COVID-19 Canada Hub


Esri Canada is monitoring activity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and providing resources for response, business continuity and reopening.

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Create a healthier community.


A geographic approach to public health gives you the advantage to gain a deeper understanding of your vulnerable communities and population’s health, assets and services.

Areas of Focus

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Monitor, plan and respond to disease outbreaks and epidemics


Monitoring diseases and conditions that can cause serious public health threats is critical to building healthy communities. Tracking the source and spread of disease can be enhanced by adding location analytics and demographics. Location data tells a more complete story that can help communicate patterns and provide insights.
 

The dashboard on the left provides up-to-date information as the situation around COVID-19 consistently progresses throughout Canada. In it you will find statistics about: total cases, recoveries, deaths, age & sex distribution, contraction sources and case details. 

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Esri Canada COVID-19 dashboard
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Combat substance misuse and the opioid crisis


The opioid epidemic constitutes a state of emergency in many places. GIS is a proven technology that benefits law enforcement, health organizations, and human services. Mapping and analyzing their data together clearly shows a crisis situation that requires local governments to look for insights, pinpoint the sources of the problem, and deliver effective response plans and allocation of resources.
 

The map on the left represents the results of using the Network Analyst tool in ArcGIS Pro to determine healthcare service areas in Greater Vancouver.

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 Network Analyst tool in ArcGIS Pro to determine healthcare service areas in Greater Vancouver.
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Build a healthier community


To deliver programs and services that align with needs, it is critical to understand what your community's makeup is today and what it will be in the future. Data is the currency from which you can analyze how well you are placing health-related services in the paths of people and improving access. GIS allows you to match health and healthcare to population needs, address disparities in accessibility, provide health organizations with key metrics, and inform and educate constituents.
 

The map on the left measures the proximity of dissemination blocks in Winnipeg to any neighborhood park within a one kilometre walking distance, overlaid with obesity rates among adults. 

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Proximity of dissemination blocks in Winnipeg to any neighborhood park within a one kilometre walking distance, overlaid with obesity rates among adults
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Understand the needs of environmental health


Environmental health agencies can use GIS to develop their practices by using insights into various business functions, such as facility assessments, hazardous waste, and policy development. In a sea of change, location plays an important part in the convergence of social and health services with people and communities.
 

The map on the left was developed by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources to show areas of Nova Scotia where people are more likely to be exposed to radon in indoor air.

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Map showing areas of Nova Scotia where people are more likely to be exposed to radon in indoor air
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Predict and analyze climate change risks


The relationship between climate change and health is complex, as is emergency preparedness and resourcing. Investments need to be made to improve monitoring, data analysis, and situational awareness, so that communities can build resiliency to emergency events. GIS can distill complicated relationships into easy-to-understand visual representations to help guide public health and emergency preparedness.
 

The map on the left was created by the City of Montreal. It represents the urban heat island effect in Montreal, where the central portion of the city is more vulnerable to the urban heat island effect since it has higher population density and less vegetation.  

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Map showing urban heat island effect in Montreal

Training Course

  • ArcGIS Online Essentials: Public Health Edition

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