Johannes Christophorus Homann. The inventor of modern mapping, who defined the need for mapping cultures, living styles, health, and disease. I translated a portion of this thesis, reviewable at http://wp.me/Puh6r-7MS ;
The page this ScoopIt! links you with is several years old, but still one of the best and longest demonstrations of the national population health grid project.
I produced it with the goal of marketing NPHG to several of the top Healthcare Quality/Patient Safety companies in the U.S. The goal is to merge NPHG with a standard GIS module already in place. NPHG does mapping exceptionally fast; GIS can be used to follow up on the discoveries made utilizing NPHG.
NPHG is valuable at the small area and national health level . In theory, a company could produce a page for internal staff to access that is updated on a regular basis. This process can be used to a standard reporting module, such as a report focused on : African/African American Health, Asian American Crosscultural Physical and Mental Health, Latino/a Healthcare Programs, High Risk/High Cost Patient Care, SES, CDM Risk-Cost and National Mental Health Cost modeling. PW : Homann