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Welcome to the 2016 GIS and Health Symposium! 
Mapping the Way to Healthy Communities
June 1-3, 2016 - Washington, DC

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), is pleased to announce the 2016 GIS and Health Symposium. The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Mapping the Way to Healthy Communities”. Attend to discuss and share information about the important topics impacting the health of our communities worldwide and how GIS is being used as to facilitate decisions and action.

May 27 is the deadline to register at the discounted rate. Creating an attendee profile within Sched DOES NOT REGISTER you for the conference or specific workshops. You must register for the conference here

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Wednesday, June 1 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Half-Day Workshop: Integrating Community Input in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) through Sketch Maps and GIS

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Instructor: Jacqueline W. Curtis, Kent State University

Attendance at this workshop will offer:
3.5 AICP credits, pending approval.
3.5 CPH credits, pending NBPHE approval. 

Learning objectives: At the end of this workshop participants will have an understanding of the benefits and limitations in integrating sketch maps into a GIS for tasks where spatial public perception data are needed, especially Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). By taking this workshop, participants will be prepared to begin the collection, and analysis of their own sketch map data suitable for GIS analysis.

Workshop Overview: Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are rapidly becoming a standard tool to evaluate potential health outcomes of proposed planning or policy initiatives across the United States. Community input is a key piece of the assessment, but can be challenging to systematically and spatially collect and analyze in a way that provides authoritative and actionable data. Sketch maps of local knowledge (e.g., assets) and perceptions (e.g., fear of crime) provide an approach through which such data can be integrated in the HIA. This workshop will teach approaches for this form of spatial data collection and relevant spatial analytical techniques to accommodate a variety of HIA topics and stakeholder characteristics. Overall, it will illustrate the benefits of integrating sketch maps with GIS in combination with a methodological approach that results in the creation and analysis of otherwise unavailable spatial layers. For this workshop, the methodological approach will include creating survey instruments designed with a focus on capturing spatial environmental perception data, digitizing the survey data into a GIS, and then performing basic spatial analyses to identify hot spots of shared perceptions or other local insights. Focus will be given to potential uses in the HIA stages of conducting assessment, developing recommendations, reporting, and monitoring/evaluation. Proceedings will begin with several examples drawn from ongoing projects being conducted through the GIS, Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University (http://www.kent.edu/ghhlab).

Case studies include understanding youth fear of crime, as well as relevant environmental perceptions for HIAs on trail development, Safe Routes to School, and environmental justice studies. These examples will provide application of a consistent research frame which includes a detailed step-by-step progression through data collection to spatial analysis to using these maps in reporting and stakeholder meetings.

Participants will provide their own laptop to facilitate participation in a worked exercise.

Additional registration fee for preconference workshops: $95 for URISA or APHA members/$125 for nonmembers 

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Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is the Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. Dr. Curtis focuses on the use of Geographic Information Science (GISc) and mixed methods to study health in derelict neighborhood environments. Her current projects focus on the use of geospatial technologies and spatial analysis in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and in child injury... Read More →

Wednesday June 1, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

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