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HDReAM Community Open House

The WMU Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center will host a Community Open House Thursday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1000 Welborn Hall. We especially welcome any of our community partners who would like to see our facilities or talk about potential projects. The event is open to the public and will take place in the W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change, which promotes interdisciplinary research in geomatics and spatial analysis.

This is an opportunity to meet the research team that works on projects at both centers, discuss community mapping projects to that support data-driven decision making, public health and natural resource protection, tour the Meader Imaging Laboratory, consult with us about digitization and spatial analysis options for your data, and celebrate WMU’s recent designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in the Geospatial Sciences by the NGA/USGS.


The Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center improves the health of our population and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, research and teaching through cutting edge spatial and temporal data analyses and geographic information systems techniques, data dissemination, training and consulting.


HDReAM is a partnership between Western Michigan University and Southwest Michigan public health offices, including Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department and Calhoun County Health Department.  HDReAM provides health-related secondary data analysis and mapping services for the ultimate purpose of creating and disseminating a holistic overview of our community’s health in order to advance knowledge, understanding and strategies to improve the public’s health. The center also plans to provide state-of-the-art training in health related spatial analyses and data mapping through the development of an HDReAM WMU graduate certificate (currently under development).