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Guest Blog- Fla. Tracking Program

The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is excited to be a guest blogger for the Florida Rural Health Association, as we are eager to share our experience as exhibitors at the 20th Annual Educational Summit.

We exhibited at the Summit on November 21 and 22, 2013, in Gainesville. Our exhibit featured a display about data visualization and reporting, which is part of the enhanced surveillance and outreach efforts of the Florida Tracking Program.

As exhibitors, we were able to share our message with over 100 attendees, and 26 other exhibitors. We made many wonderful contacts, and met many new partners and potential collaborators. One such collaborator is Dr. Christopher Sullivan with Image Research, LLC. Dr. Sullivan teaches a class on Public Health Informatics at Nova Southeastern University.

After talking with our epidemiologist, Melissa Jordan, it was discovered that his students were interested in learning more about Geographic Information Systems, or GIS. Chris Duclos, the Florida Tracking Program Manager and GIS expert, agreed to be a guest lecturer for the class. He showed the class how to create maps using the mapping software ArcGIS. He introduced our web site to the students, and showed students the different mapping tools available at .

This is just one example of the many great opportunities presented to our program as RHA exhibitors. We hope to attend the 2014 Summit in Orlando! We look forward to learning more about the RHA, and hope to provide meaningful data for rural communities in Florida.

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