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Thematic Map

A thematic map shows information about a “theme” or topic such as population data and differs from a general reference map because it does not just show natural features like rivers, cities, political subdivisions and highways. All thematic maps use maps with boundaries and many add other landmarks for reference.

Uniform Data System (UDS)

The Uniform Data System is the specific data collection and reporting requirements for Health Center Program grantees and look alikes developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to track the patient population and effectiveness of the health care services of the Health Center Program. Each year, Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes report on their performance using the measures defined in the Uniform Data System (UDS). HRSA offers manuals, webinars, trainings online and at various state/regional/national meetings, and other technical assistance resources to assist health centers in collecting and submitting their data. For more information, see:

VA Hospital

A VA Hospital is any VA-owned, staffed, and operated facility providing acute inpatient and/or rehabilitation services.

VA Medical Center (VAMC)

A VA medical center is a VA point of service that provides at least two categories of care (inpatient, outpatient, residential, or institutional extended care).

Vet Center

A Vet Center is a community-based counseling facility under the direct supervision of the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS), within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Vet Centers provide professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, brokering of services with community agencies, and access to links between the Veteran and VA.

ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTAs)

ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) are generalized representations of US Postal Service ZIP Codes. Currently, each ZCTA is built by aggregating Census 2010 blocks, whose addresses use a ZIP Code, into a ZCTA which gets that ZIP Code assigned as its ZCTA code. While in most instances the ZCTA code equals the ZIP Code for an area, not all ZIP Codes have their own ZCTA. For more information, see

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