The CDC is a major operating arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services. This application was developed for the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) of the CDC. The main goal of the DHDSP is to improve cardiovascular health through programs which promote healthy communities as well as access to detection and treatment. The Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke application gives health stakeholders and the general public the ability to explore heart disease and stroke statistics for the United States. One of the goals of the DHDSP is to provide health stakeholders and the public with yearly data that can be shown at the state or county level. The DHDSP compiled a set of heart disease and stroke data, but needed a way to allow users to explore the data through characteristics, spatial, and temporal methodologies. The application also needed to be flexible enough to allow users to simultaneously compare different themes and time periods.
Their new application is significantly improved from user experience to functionality over its previous incarnation. This application aids in the process of researching correlations between various environmental factors and health outcomes.