Spring 2016
Facts and Figures

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Nevada Instant Atlas pages on desktop computer screens.

Research Office Creates Interactive Data Accessible to All

The Office of Statewide Initiatives for the past seven years has published the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book. The books have compiled an array of data covering health, population, economics and workforce for Nevada's 17 counties. All of those numbers, enhanced by charts and graphs, now are available online in Nevada Instant Atlas.

Using advanced online mapping software, Tabor Griswold, Ph.D., health services research analyst, led the effort to make population health data more accessible to everyone-scientists, students, healthcare providers, government and nonprofit leaders, or anyone with a computer who wants to learn more about Nevada's health facts and figures.

"Our new atlas makes it easier to explore, research and download county and regional data," said Griswold.

"It means, for example, that an indicator of population health can be viewed at a glance for 17 counties at rural, frontier, urban levels as well as state totals. The atlas allows us to make intra-state comparisons between counties and regions."

The health atlas facilitates connect-the-dots comparisons relating factors leading to health outcomes.

"For example, if you were looking at non-medical use of pain killers, like opioid overdoses, you might not think about comparing this survey data with inpatient hospital data and a psychosis diagnosis," said Griswold.

The information could be essential to policymakers for making data-driven decisions when allocating funding support to counties.

The Instant Atlas charts and graphs paint a picture that can increase understanding of the complexities of our communities' health care and ultimately lead to improving Nevada's health.