Mapping Tool FAQs

If you have questions about using the Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool, check out the FAQs below.

Can I use the tool on my laptop?

Yes; you can use the tool on laptops or desktop computers. Larger monitors afford easier viewing.

Do I have to register to use the tool?

No; the mapping tool is free and you do not need to register.

Can I upload patient data?

No; please do not upload any HIPAA protected data into the tool. It is not HIPAA compliant.

How often is the data updated?

The frequency of data updates depends on the tool layer and the specific indicator. Data from the National School-Based Health Care Census will be updated as available.

Can I export the data?

You can export data from the Child Health & Education Indicators layer by clicking the “Export” button to create and download a CSV file containing the data. Data from the Public Schools, SBHCs, Basemaps, and Optional Layers cannot be exported.

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 static based on the layers and options selected. If a map is opened and changes are made by you or someone with whom you’ve shared the map, the tool will automatically create a new link for that specific map.

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

The Child Health and Education Indicators layer contains data from across the country and the data are comparable between counties within a given state. Most data are also comparable across states but use caution for some measures as estimates may include state-level effects. Please see the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps for additional information.

May I add a link to the tool on my organization’s website?

Yes; we encourage you to share the tool widely!

What citation should I use for the tool?

School-Based Health Alliance. Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool. (2018) Washington, D.C.  Available from

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