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Massachusetts Department of Public Health seal Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking

Tutorials

Mapping: Finding Your Address

Overview:

  • Want to locate the environmental health statistics for a particular area?
    -Find your home, workplace, or even your child’s school
  • Use base maps to add a street map layer
  • Follow the step-by-step directions below:

1. Search:

Type an address in the search bar. Click on the desired location from the dropdown menu.

There is a screenshot of the map result for a query. There is a red box around the search bar with the words 250 Washington Street Boston, MA typed as an example. There is a green box underneath with the official address and a pointed hand cursor is clicking on it.

2. Search:

You will automatically be redirected to the location (blue pin).

There is screenshot of the map zoomed in with a blue pin marking the selected address.

3. Base Maps:

Click on the green circle icon on the top left of the map.

The screenshot has a red box around the green circle menu icon which has three horizontal white lines in the center of it. The menu icon is on the upper left of the map window, and has a pointed hand cursor clicking on it.

4. Base Maps:

Click on the base maps icon. When you hover your cursor over it, the word BASEMAPS will appear.

The screenshot has a red box around the base maps icon, which looks like a folded paper map. The base map is the second option under the green circle menu icon, and has a pointed hand cursor clicking on it. The word BASEMAPS in all capital letters is next to the icon.

5. Base Maps:

Select a map type. There are a variety of street map options. There is also a satellite map option under ESRI World Imagery.

The screenshot has 3 map panel selection options on the left-hand side of the page with a red box around Hydda_Full. A pointed hand cursor is clicking on it and there is a large white check mark on the selected panel. The map displays labeled streets in the view window.

6. Transparency:

Use transparency to fade your disease outcome, so that you can see the base layer too. Start by clicking on the Layers icon.

The screenshot has a red box around the layers icon, which looks like squares stacked over one another, below the green circle menu icon. There is a pointed hand cursor clicking on the layers icon with word LAYERS in all capital letters beside it.

7. Transparency:

Select the layer you would like to make more transparent. Query data is always the last layer in the list.

There are two screenshots of the expanded layers list. The first has a pointed hand cursor clicking on the “Cancer SIR” category, which is located at the bottom of the list. The second shows the pointed hand cursor clicking on the Standardized Incidence subcategory.

8. Transparency:

Click, hold, and drag the slide bar to the left to adjust for transparency.

The screenshot has a red box around the fully opened Standardized Incidence subcategory in the layers list, which contains a few gray selection icons and a line with a green circle over it. The line is green on the left side of the dot and gray on the right side, indicating the level of transparency. There is a pointed hand cursor sliding a green circle to the left on a slide bar. There is a red dotted arrow pointing left to represent the sliding motion.

9. Transparency:

Zoom in closer if necessary.

The screenshot has a pointed hand cursor clicking on the plus button to zoom in for a close street view. The green color and black stripes indicating cancer incidence data is transparent and street names in the base map are visible.

10. Remove Layer:

To remove a disease outcome layer, click on the green toggle for the category, so that it slides and turns gray.

The screenshot has a red box around the Cancer SIR category in the layers list and the pointed hand cursor is clicking on a green toggle.

11. Remove Layer:

The base map is now completely visible.

The screenshot has the Cancer SIR category toggle turned off in gray. The green color and black stripes indicating cancer incidence data has been removed and the base street map with the pinned location remains.

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