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MassGIS Data: Community Health Centers

August 2007
This point datalayer contains the location of community health centers (CHCs) in Massachusetts. The layer was produced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) GIS program.
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This point datalayer contains the location of community health centers (CHCs) in Massachusetts. The layer was produced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) GIS program. Sample of Community Health Centers Data The source material was provided by Tina Ford Wright, Publications and Marketing Assistant, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a.k.a. "the League," (http://www.massleague.org). The League defines a community health center as a non-profit community-based organization that offers comprehensive primary and preventive health care, including medical, social and/or mental health services, to anyone in need regardless of their medical status, ability to pay, culture or ethnicity.

The layer is named CHCS_PT.

CHCs are grouped into Main and Satellite locations. Main CHCs may have one or more satellite locations (also known as access points). The MCHC_CODE item defines the affiliation between main CHCs and their satellites.

CHCs vary by both the facility and/or building type in which they are located, scope of clinical services offered, and target patient population(s). The BEH GIS program used the MassGIS Hospitals, Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Prisons datalayers, and Internet Web sites in the case of homeless shelters, to derive the locations of health centers in these facilities. Health centers known to be administrative offices are attributed accordingly. With respect to clinical services, this GIS datalayer makes no distinction among CHCs. An exception is eye care and dental service providers that are indicated in the EYE and DENTAL fields. No information regarding target patient populations is explicitly defined, though assumptions may be based on health center name and/or location.

In all cases, patients seeking care should contact the CHCs directly to verify availability of clinical services, hours, etc., rather than rely on the information contained in this GIS datalayer, as such information is subject to change.

Production

A development dataset was generated by address-matching the Massachusetts League of Community Health Center's data. Whenever possible, development locations were manually refined using 1:5000 color digital ortho-photography AND other MassGIS infrastructure datalayers. Internet map sources (individual facility web sites, municipal assessors databases, Pictometry via local.live.com, Yahoo.com, Mapquest.com) were also used to refine development locations. Address attributes were verified against the USPS database (Accumail Gold).

Attributes

The layer's point attribute table contains the following items:

GIS_ID
Unique ID assigned to each CHC by BEH
MCHC_CODE
Internal code linking satellite to main facilities
SITE_NAME
Name of CHC
SITE_TYPE
Category of facility:
HOSPITAL = Hospital-based health center
NOS = Not otherwise specified
HOMELESS = Homeless shelter
PRISON = Prison-based health Center
SCHOOL = Primary, secondary, or post-secondary school-based clinic
ADMIN_ONLY
Distinguishes administrative versus clinical offices
Y = Yes
N = Assumed No
ADDRESS
Postal address of facility
ADDRESS_OTHER
Secondary address elements
PO_BOX
Post Office box
TOWN_ID
Unique numeric identifier of town in which the CHC is located
MAIL_CITY
Postal city
ZIP
U.S. Postal ZIP Code
METHOD
Automation method:
R = refined against orthophoto and other sources
G = address-matched
SATELLITE
Distinguishes between main (N) and satellite (Y) facilities
EYE
Indicates availability of eye care (Y/N)
DENTAL
Indicates availability of dental services (Y/N)


Maintenance

The MA DPH BEH GIS Program maintains this layer.

Items

Contributor
Modified Date
2017-12-09
Release Date
2017-07-11
Frequency
Irregularly
Identifier
309b0f0d-a80c-438d-8331-1c8fd9490bc6
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Massachusetts
License
Author
MassGIS
Contact Name
MassGIS
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Public
Data Quality
False
Content Type
Language
English (United States)