As PolicyMap grows its data offerings in the health and medical areas, we’ve just been written about in the peer-reviewed journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly in an article titled, “PolicyMap: Mapping Social Determinants of Health.”
The article is written by Yunting Fu (College of Allied Health Sciences, East Carolina University), Sharon Whitfield (Cooper Medical School of Rowan University), and Tyler Nix (University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library), and does a thorough job describing all the data on PolicyMap, as well as useful features for those in the medical and health science fields.
In the paper, an example 3-layer map is made, using median income data (from the Census), perceived health status of very good to excellent (from the CDC and calculated exclusively by PolicyMap), and access to medical care (from HRSA). By selecting specific criteria, the paper shows how a user could find optimal locations for health service providers that are currently underserved.
The paper can be accessed by those with a subscription to Medical Reference Services Quarterly here.