GIS Needs Assessment

GIS Needs Assessment

Location: Clay County, Mo.

Client: Clay County Public Health Center

Burns & McDonnell completed a needs assessment and implementation plan for the Clay County Public Health Center. Clay County is in the Kansas City metropolitan statistical area and is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri.

With increasing awareness of the role of public health in the community, CCPHC determined that a geographic information system (GIS) would be useful tool in collecting and analyzing data to support its mission of protecting the public’s health. Issues such as homeland security and communicable diseases have come to the forefront of the mission statements of many health organizations, and CCPHC wanted to be a proactive resource and partner to the community in addressing these issues.

The Burns & McDonnell team analyzed the needs of the CCPHC and recommended solutions for data acquisition, appropriate technology and staffing requirements. Key staff members were interviewed in partnership with the CCPHC GIS coordinator in areas ranging from primary care and nursing to environmental and health promotion. Data needs were identified and collected as available from public and private records. A personal geodatabase was designed to store these feature classes and delivered to the county with the implementation plan. Data sharing agreements were pursued with surrounding municipalities so that data exchanges could be accomplished as needed. Burns & McDonnell also led orientation and training sessions for the staff to familiarize them with GIS concepts and benefits.

Our relationship with CCPHC is ongoing and involves technical support and guidance. CCPHC has embraced the efficiencies and advantages of GIS for the benefit of the citizens.

  • GIS planning
  • Database development
  • Data collection
  • Training
  • Technical support