The Charles Drew Medical Geographic Information Systems



Medical GIS Lab at CDU
(CDU MedGIS)


CDU MedGIS Mission: To conduct research, provide education and offer GIS related services in the context of community engagement and empowerment, and to provide health professionals with spatially integrated tools in order to promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities.


About the CDMGIS

Housed on the CDU Campus, the Charles Drew Medical Geographic Information Systems (CDMGIS) Laboratory provides a "virtual center" for the storage, management, analysis, modeling, and mapping of spatially referenced health related data using state of the art Geographic Information Systems Technology (Medical GIS). The CDMGIS laboratory was established with partial funding from the now closed National Center for Research Resources, and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (-RCMI & NCMHD# 5P20MD000148-EXPORT) to support the integration of Geographic Information Science (GISC) theories and methods within biomedical research. The establishment of a medical GIS laboratory at Charles Drew University builds upon ongoing research activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Research Centers in Minority Institutions Biomedical Research Center (RCMI) and constitutes an integral component of a rapidly expanding university research informatics infrastructure.

A primary goal of the center is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration by linking the computing facilities, spatial databases and the resident expertise at the CDMGIS laboratory with other research and teaching activities occurring at Charles Drew University, UCLA and other RCMI institutions. Additionally, collaborations are actively sought with community-based organizations, local health and services organizations, government agencies, and academic campuses and institutes across the nation.

CDMGIS Faculty and Staff Contact Information

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CDMGIS activities are organized into the following 4 categories.  Click one of the links below for more information:

Geographic Theory and Methods applied to Health Disparities Research Geographic Theory and Methods applied to Health Services Research
Geographic Theory and Methods applied to Biomedical Informatics Research GIS Consultation and Geographic Education