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Mapping Health was started in February 2011. The initial project (Mapping Maternity Care and Birth Outcomes) was the winning entry for a Health 2.0 Developer Challenge sponsored by the Childbirth Connection.
The goal of Mapping Health is to use information tools to improve communication and understanding of health issues. We use recent advances in the fields of data collection and analysis, interactive visualizations, GIS, and other information technologies.
The audience is policy-makers, health professionals, community health workers, patients, ... and anyone interested in promoting the health of populations, loved ones, or themselves!
The plan, if people demonstrate interest in this initiative, is that we will create interactive visualizations of other health topics. We hope to incorporate requests and feedback from the audience. Please get in touch!
Damien started his first IT company in 1996. He is now an IT manager at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S.Ed in Education. See his page at Big Yellow Star for his contact address and list of projects in the area of health information.
Ian M. Bennett, MD PhD
Dr. Bennett is a primary care physician-scientist in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He provides maternal child health care including prenatal, obstetric, and pediatric services primarily to families from vulnerable populations. He also carries out research in the area of disparities in maternal child health. Most recently Dr. Bennett has focused on the area of perinatal depression care delivery. Dr. Bennett is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child health and Human Development (NICHD) one of the National Institutes of Health as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. See also Dr. Bennett's page at the Center for Public Health Initiatives.