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    Physical address
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756-3199
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    Mailing address
    Center for Health Statistics
    Department of Health State Services
    Mail code: 1898
    Austin, TX 78741-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-7261 ext. 3144
    Fax: (512) 776-3255
    Email: gis@dshs.texas.gov

About GIS

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system that creates, manages, analyzes, and maps all types of data. GIS connects data to a map, integrating location data (where things are) with all types of descriptive information (what things are like there). This provides a foundation for mapping and analysis that is used in science and health related fields. GIS helps users understand patterns, relationships, and geographic context. The benefits include improved communication and efficiency as well as better management and decision making. For more details about what GIS can offer please visit the ESRI website. To request a GIS service, please submit  please complete a GIS Service Request Form.

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GIS can be used in many different ways for a variety of subjects. Some examples of how GIS can be applied within Public Health include:

  • Map public or confidential information by aggregating to census tract, county, or other spatial units
  • Analyze spatial variations in health outcomes
  • Select new clinic locations based on suitability criteria
  • Conduct environmental risk assessments
  • Evaluate availability of health care
  • List provider locations closest to a given address
  • Track the spread of disease

The CHS GIS team has the capability to provide, but not limited to, the following GIS tasks to DSHS programs:

For technical assistance email us at GIS@dshs.texas.gov

GIS Day 2022

The CHS GIS Team is excited to announce GIS Day is returning on November 16th 2022! More details to follow.
  • When:  Wednesday November 16th, 2022
  • Where:  Moreton Building (K-100), 1100 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756. Virtual attendance will also be available
  • What:  Events TBD
  • Why:  Celebrate International GIS Day and learn more about all the capabilities that GIS can provide to public health
  • More information:  Visit our GIS Day page

Last updated June 27, 2022