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“How the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC* has used data reporting and visualization to develop its Disability and Health Data System (DHDS)”


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“The tool was built with our partners in mind and this meant it had to be user-friendly, customisable and the data had to be easy to find,” says Brian. “We anticipated there would be users outside these groups who were lower-level users of statistical information. We also worked very hard with key users, particularly people with disabilities. That led us to develop high-contrast maps that were easier for users with visual impairments to see. We have also included easy-to-understand information about how to use the tool,” says Brian.

“We have had really good response. In particular, people have said that they are happy with the data that is available. This is the first time they have been able to access state–level disability data, so it is meeting a previously unmet need.”


Along with the positive feedback, some individuals have also made suggestions for additions that could be included. “Using InstantAtlas has positioned us well and we are seen as an innovator by other health programs. We have had a number of them ask us for demonstrations and help with developing their own data systems.”


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Other benefits are:


  1. DHDS has taken data, presented it in an accessible format so that it can be used to improve health and wellness for people living with disabilities in the US

  2. Data are now provided in a consistent and standardized format that enable accurate state-by-state comparisons

  3. The team has used data visualization to develop the first ever state level disability surveillance system




HTML5 Double Map - Income Level by Disability Status by State

HTML5 Double Map - Income Level by Disability Status by State

Other CDC Divisional Public Health Reports


Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI)

FluVaxView Influenza Vaccination Coverage

Influenza vaccination coverage atlas estimates by State, HHS Region, and the United States

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program to simplifies the presentation of annual data from states and territories about infants screened for and diagnosed with hearing loss.

Influenza vaccination coverage estimates by State, HHS Region, and the United States, National Immunization Survey-Flu (NIS-Flu) and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2010-11 through 2014-15 influenza seasons

US Diabetes Atlas


The CDC County Data application allows you to view data and trends of diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at the national, state, and county levels

SchoolVaxView is a source for data, information, and news about school vaccination coverage from state and territory reports of the estimated number of children in childcare, kindergarten, and middle school who have received vaccinations recommended or
required by their state

Related articles

The Centre for Diseases Control’s diabetes atlas gets a nod of approval from a leading technology journalist

CDC Diabetes Interactive Atlas
Article by Kirtland KA, Burrows NR, Geiss LS.


The Diabetes Interactive Atlas is a recently released Web-based collection of maps that allows users to view geographic patterns and examine trends in diabetes and its risk factors over time across the United States and within states...


Extract from Blog post Dec 2nd 2014

Some may remember we have previously highlighted the Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) and the use of InstantAtlas interactive mapping software to present information on diabetes. The CDC’s interactive atlas allows the user to view data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels.


The atlas has now been mentioned in a book by freelance technology journalist Pam Baker. The book called Data Divination: Big Data Strategies features a number of case studies showing how organisations are using big data to their advantage. Baker uses her understanding of analytics and how that applies to data. She details the strategies that business leaders need to make sense of big data for their organisations.



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