ArticleDeveloping a Web-based Data Mining Application to Impact Community Health Improvement Initiatives: The Virginia Atlas of Community HealthWilson, Jeffrey L. BA, MSHAAuthor Information Jeffrey L. Wilson, BA, MSHA, is Assistant Administrator for Business Development & Marketing at the John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell, Virginia. He previously served as the Turning Point and Strategic Planning Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health, and as the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Healthy Communities. Corresponding author: Jeffrey L. Wilson, BA, MSHA, John Randolph Medical Center, 411 West Randolph Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2006 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 475-479 Buy AbstractIn Brief This article describes how a team from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Center for Healthy Communities (VCHC) attended the UNC Management Academy for Public Health to learn skills to address Virginia's commitment to using technology to improve the public's health. After creating a business plan for a food-safety information Web site, team members used that experience as well as Management Academy training in information technology, the management of data and finances, and strategic partnering to create a comprehensive tool with which to place customizable population data in the hands of anyone interested in pursuing population health improvement. The Virginia Atlas of Community Health, launched through the VCHC in 2003, places clear, compelling data in the hands of those who can influence decisions at the local level and create the most impact for health. Since the program's inception, more than 2,000 individuals have registered as ongoing users of the Virginia Atlas. Initially funded by a Turning Point grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program is sustained through a series of smaller grants and funding from the VDH. Wilson describes how training at the Management Academy for Public Health informed the creation of an important health data resource tool in Virginia. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.