The Mediashift Idea Lab is an interesting website that provides ideas for journalists wanting to enhance their coverage with web-based tools and interactive online content. There’s an excellent overview of how mapping can help address health issues.
The post highlights a few excellent examples about the use of mapping to uncover health trends, offering links to some excellent sites as examples.
Healthy City: Gathers census and other locally relevant data in Los Angeles and overlays that information on maps to provide insight on health, education, and social issues.
Health Map: Tracks global outbreaks and provides up-to-date information on diseases via a mapping tool
Whoissick: A user-generated site that allows anyone who has the flu, etc. to input their health status on a map which tracks national sickness trends in real time.