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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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Thursday, June 2 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Using GIS to Fight Dengue and Zika

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This session will share how GIS is being used to evaluate and target vector control programs in the U.S. and globally. Scientists and policy makers are leveraging geospatial data to improve the efficiency of response to outbreaks and to support initiatives to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Attendance at this session will offer 1.5 AICP credits, pending approval.

  • Mapping Vector Control Programs at the Local Level to Combat Aedes Aegypti
    Nichols, GIS Specialist, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC United States
    Jennifer Li, Director of Public Health Preparedness, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC United States
  • Fight the Bite: Enhancing Essential Information with Location Technology for Biosurveillance
    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS, Director of Global Disaster Response, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Account Manager, GISinc, Birmingham, AL
  • How GIS Technologies Helped to Save Masses from Dengue Fever? A Case Study of Lahore District
    Azmat Ali, University of the Punjab/SPADE Foundation, Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
    Bilal Iqbal, Sr. Scientific Officer, National Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Punjab Pakistan - Cancel - will not be presenting
  • Suitability of the United States for Zika Transmission Based on Vector Niches
    Julie Obenauer, Student, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN United States

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Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz, PhD

Medical Geographer, University of Illinois in Urbana
Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz is a Medical Geographer in the Epidemiology Division of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Her research and teaching focus on health, the environment, and the ecology of infectious disease. Recent work has been about vector abundance, weather and its affect on the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, and the spatial spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.  She has also worked with... Read More →

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Azmat Ali

Director R&D, SPADE Foundation
With ten years of professional experience with international, public, private and development sector organizations and as PhD scholar in GIS/MIS/RS, with M.Sc. in POPULATION SCIENCES, M.Sc. in SPACE SCIENCES and SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MANAGEMNT PROGRAMME (SEMP) from Asia’s top class universities, Mr. Azmat is able to provide a creative synthesis of technology, social & business viewpoints of Information Management (IM), Geographic Information System... Read More →

Bilal Iqbal

Punjab - Pakistan, Sr. Scientific Officer

Jennifer Li

Director of Public Health Preparedness, Association of County & City Health Officials
Jennifer Li is the Senior Director for Environmental Health and Disability at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She oversees several projects including environmental health practice, environmental public health tracking and vector control. Jennifer obtained her Masters of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health Sciences, and a Bachelor of... Read More →
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Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

Director of Global Disaster Response, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is an assisstant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and teaches three graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching. He is the Director of Global Disaster Response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine program at the... Read More →
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Michelle Nichols, MS

GIS Analyst, Pandemic & Catastrophic Preparedness, National Association of County & City Health Officials
Michelle Nichols is the lead GIS Analyst at The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She specializes in providing local health departments with GIS services and is currently the GIS analyst on NACCHO’s Zika Response Team. Michelle began her GIS career in 1991 as a U.S. Navy side scan/multi beam sonar analyst. After earning a M.S. in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver, she transitioned into... Read More →
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Julie Obenauer, MHS

DrPH Candidate, East Tennessee State University
Julie Obenauer, MHS, is a DrPH Candidate in Epidemiology at East Tennessee State University whose research focuses on using GIS and niche modeling to predict changes in vector habitats due to climate change. Currently, she is working on Aedes aegypti habitat suitability as a predictor for Zika virus emergence. She has a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the epidemiology of malaria in areas of unstable... Read More →
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Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Thursday June 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

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