Strategy HCO6.1: Build upon existing data regarding the geographic distribution of medical facilities to determine the location of gaps relative to population centers.
Local health agencies should work together to identify the location and service offerings of all health facilities (traditional and holistic) in the region and analyze gaps in the system. From the analysis, a list of prioritized facility needs could inform future infrastructure and facility investments. Agencies should share information across sectors to develop a holistic, comprehensive understanding of the availability of services and the barriers to accessing such services. Geographic information system (GIS) analysis is one tool that could be used to conduct this analysis.
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The GroWNC MapViewer is a GIS tool that could be used to facilitate such an analysis. Layers included in the MapViewer related to this topic include Hospitals, Medical Facilities, Public Health Centers, Hospitals – 10 min Drive Time, and Healthcare Facilities - 5 min Drive Time.