Mapping Tool FAQs

Have a question about how to use he Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool? Please read our FAQs to see if your answer is below.

What are the system requirements to use the tool?

The tool is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox version 38.0 or higher with the latest Flash version. The application works best with a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Can I use the tool on my laptop?

Yes, the tool can be used on laptops or desktop computers. Larger monitors provide easier viewing. When using a laptop, select “full screen mode” from the top toolbar on the right to access the options in the side bar and the legend at the bottom.

Do I have to register to use the tool?

No, the mapping tool is free and users do not need to register. The first time a user visits the site, they will have the option to provide some basic characteristics to help strengthen tool resources.

Can I use the tool to map my own data point or map a series of data points?

Yes, the “Map My Data Point” function allows users to quickly and easily upload address data for point mapping. Click here for more information.

“Map My County Data” allows users to quickly and easily upload state, county, census tract, and ZIP Code data for mapping. Visit this site for more.

Please note that the tool is not HIPAA compliant.

Can I upload patient data?

No, do not use the tool to upload any HIPAA protected data. It is not HIPAA compliant.

How often is the Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool data updated?

The frequency of data updates depends on the tool layer and the specific indicator. The Census of SBHC data will be updated as new census data are released for the 2016-2017 school year.

Can I export the data?

Data from the Child Health & Education Indicators layer can be exported by using the “Export” button to create and download a CSV file containing the data. Data from the Public Schools and SBHCs layer  and the Basemaps and Option Layers cannot be exported at this time.

If I return to a previous map using the shared link, can I save the changes?

Yes, however this will create a new URL for the map. The links generated by the “share” option are stable based on the layers and options selected. If a map is opened and changes are made by you or someone you have shared the map with, a new link for that specific map will be created automatically.

Can I make comparisons across states, as well as between counties using the data in the Child Health and Education Indicators layer?

The Child Health and Education Indicators layer contains data from around the nation that is comparable between counties, within states. Most data are also comparable across states, but for some measures caution should be used because estimates may include state-level effects. Please see the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps for additional information.

Can I link to the tool from my organization’s website?

Yes, we encourage you to share the tool widely.

What is the suggested citation for the tool?

School-Based Health Alliance (2015). Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool. Washington, D.C.: HealthLandscape.  Available from www.sbh4all.org.


Still have questions?

If you have questions about the tool that you can’t find the answer to here, or are looking for more in-depth technical assistance, please contact research@sbh4all.org. We’re happy to help!

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