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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I upload my own data into the Commons mapping tool?

If you are a moderator or administrator of one of our Collaborative Group Spaces you should see an Upload Data tab in the Add Data menu when making a map. If you are not an Admin or Moderator of your group and you’d like to upload data, please contact your group Admin for permission.


We do not currently offer individual subscriptions to upload data. We’re looking into this possibility and will make an announcement through our newsletter when that feature is available.

If you are interested in creating a group space on the Commons for your collaborative or organization, contact us for subscription information.

What are Vulnerable Populations?

Vulnerable populations can be identified by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities.

What is a Vulnerable Populations Footprint?

Two key social determinants, poverty and education, have a significant impact on health outcomes. Those that live in poverty and have low educational attainment are often identified as vulnerable populations. The tool allows you to automatically see the Vulnerable Populations Footprint (VPF) area for your community.

Vulnerable Populations Footprint (VPF)— The VPF tool within Community Commons maps percent of residents in poverty and those with low educational attainment as a resource in identifying the communities most in need. Areas in red depict overlap of high poverty and low educational attainment. Thresholds for percent impacted can be modified.

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