GIS Capacity Building
Training Opportunities for 2020-2021

We have an exciting array of GIS training opportunities for state and local health department staff that will be available from September 2020 – July 2021.

  • All training opportunities will be offered virtually until further notice.
  • Training will include didactic sessions, hands on exercises, access to GIS experts, and the completion of map projects.

Note: This page will be updated as information becomes available. Last updated: 11-24-2020.

1. One Week Webinars

2020 Fall Webinars: Registration is open now; Limited seats available. Read more to register.

  • 2020 Fall Webinar 1: Introducing the Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST)** – September 15, 17, 22
  • 2020 Fall Webinar 2: Disaggregating data for use with the Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST)** – October 13, 15, 20

2021 Spring Webinars:

  • 2021 Spring Webinar 1: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online*
  • 2021 Spring Webinar 2: Understanding geographic access through proximity based analyses**
  • 2021 Spring Webinar 3: Polishing your maps with cartographic best practices*

*  Basic workshop, introductory level.
** Fast paced workshop designed for those with an intermediate level of GIS experience/skill.

2. Short Courses (each short course will be 4 – 6 weeks)

  • This short course provides the opportunity for health department staff to use the Rate Stabilizing Tool with their own local data.
  • Required: Record-level data or know how to disaggregate data.
  • Application Process: 2-4 staff within a health department apply together

Key Application Dates:

  • Application available: November 9, 2020
  • Application Q&A: November 12, 2020
  • Application submission deadline: December 7, 2020
  • Notification: December 18, 2020
  • Training Dates: January 6, 2021 - February 5, 2021

3. Standard Course (5 months)

Using GIS to address Chronic Disease Priorities in State Health Departments – February-July 2021

  • Participants will learn and apply basic GIS skills (familiar with the software interface, know how to browse spatial data, etc.) to priority areas defined by each health department.
  • GIS Level: Beginner
  • Health Departments will be selected based on criteria’s defined by CDC-CEHI-NACDD
  • State Health Department staff only

Q&A Sessions for GIS Training Opportunities during 2020-2021

These calls will include an overview of each of the training opportunities and a forum for asking questions about any of the trainings being offered.

  • September 10, 2020
    • Local Health Department Call: 2:00 - 2:45 PM Eastern
    • State Health Department Call: 3:00 - 3:45 PM Eastern.
      Q&A session recording for State Health Department Call is available here:

If you have any questions please contact Joshua Tootoo @
This work is supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 5NU38OT000286-03, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.