Hello @isaacholeman ,
Firstly, healthsites.io is a global resource with links and functionality that can be deployed in support of the work you are doing. If there is a specific function / opportunity you can see please let me know.
We have an open API that I’m sure you are aware of already. The data can be used in other applications.
Answers to your questions:
‘If we want to map locations where CHWs are available for rapid testing, but we don’t want to publish the exact location of their home on a public map, how might we go about placing their information on a public map? Would we share shape files for their whole catchment area, or could we use http://plus.codes to share a neighborhood area with the CHW’s home somewhere undefined in the middle?’
I have not worked with plus.codes. However, we have been in a call with WHO, MSF, OCHA today discussing health catchment area’s and how Healthsites could support the definition and maintenance of these areas. I could convene this group around this question. Here is a the current status of the tags in HS:
‘Say we wanted to create maps with other data that might be useful for organizing the covid response. Say for example, home locations of people tested and locations of confirmed cases. I know this would be beyond the primary focus of healthsites.io but is it something you’d be interested in?’
Yes, I’m interested.
I wrote this user story today following a conversation with a friend in South Africa:
As a citizen I want to declare my COVID-19 status so that I can optimise the response.
Voluntary geolocated self disclosure allows people to manage quarantine and social distancing far better as well as support government in directing services to where they are needed the most.
What are the risks?
How do we manage them?