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The Institute for Families in Society (IFS) works collaboratively with various partners to develop innovative research tools and information products that allow users to investigate a wide range of topics and geographic areas. Recently, with funding from The Duke Endowment, the IFS studied young children in South Carolina and the risks and challenges they face. South Carolina has approximately 280,000 children ages 0-5. One quarter live below the poverty level and two thirds live in Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.

As part of Children’s Health and Resource Geographic Exploration for Data-Driven Decisions (CHARGED3), IFS developed a Geospatial Environmental Scan© (GeoEScan©) to explore gaps in children’s access to care, continuity of care across health care, and the availability of family support and resource programs.

A handout on the CHARGED3 framework, why it is important, and how the GeoEScan© can be used is available here.

Click here to access the CHARGED3 Geospatial Environmental Scan©, and click here for GeoEScan© Quick Start Tips.

Having trouble using the GeoEScan©? Click here for a detailed User Guide.

A Tutorial on the Scan