Alexander von Humboldt’s Whole Earth Vision

Alexander von Humboldt's Whole Earth Vision

Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential scientists of the 19th century. His discoveries have profoundly impacted modern science and medicine. Humboldt’s exploration of South America between 1800 and 1804 inspired seminal ideas about the interrelationship of nature, climate, and human activities, as described in historian Andrea Wulf’s book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World.

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The Sustainable Development Goals

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We must take action today to help ensure the health and well-being of future generations. As an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, the Sustainable Development Goals are part of The Future We Want Resolution, which is in pursuit of achieving tremendous goals by 2030 to promote sustainable development.

These 17 goals set out to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. This requires participation from everyone, including governments, the private sector, civil society, and even people like you.

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Health Enterprise Data Flow

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A typical Health Organization must address a wide range of complex health issues. Many skills are required to understand these issues including the ability to locate and integrate data from diverse internal and external data sources. Once this is done issues can be analyzed and the results shared with stakeholders using a variety of tools and methods. This example demonstrates this standard enterprise health data flow using GIS.

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Mapping the Story of Health Disparities

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Health disparities are differences in the relative health status of population groups defined by such characteristics as race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. Disparities in health are driven largely by unequal population access to such life-enhancing resources (or social determinants of health) as food, housing, employment, education, transportation, and health care. This map story highlights geographic disparities in health status among South Carolina Medicaid enrollees. It further illustrates the spatial association between life-enhancing resource disadvantage and poor health outcomes among state Medicaid participants.

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Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

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Medicare is not doing enough to take care of chronically ill patients, and the limitations of the fee-for-service system inhibit a needed focus on these patients and their needs. This is critically important because most Medicare enrollees suffer from multiple chronic conditions and account for almost all of its costs.

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