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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
Creating New Directions in Health for Vulnerable Populations

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Presenters in this session will share how geospatial data and methods are advancing evaluations and interventions for specific health risks. Session presentations will cover the use of geonarratives and other techniques to explore lead risk in children and health conditions for homeless populations, as well as how GIS is being integrated with outreach to help with HIV prevention strategies.

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

  • Moving the Needle: Advancing Policy on a Syringe Access Program (SAP) during HIV Outbreak in Indiana
    Bernadette deLeon, GISP, MS, MA,Director of SPH-B IT Services and PhD Candidate, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (IU SPH-B), Bloomington, IN United States
    Geospatial Methods to Support Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: Development of an Environmental Lead Index
    Laura Schuch, Graduate Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States
  • Capturing Geographic Complexity in a Homeless Neighborhood: Spatial Video Geonarratives (SVG) in Skid Row, Los Angeles
    Andrew Curtis, PhD, Professor, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States
    Susanne Mitchell, MPH, Graduate Student, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States

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Andrew Curtis, PhD

Co-Director of GIS/Health & Hazards Lab, Kent State University
Andrew Curtis is the current Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University and is a former Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies designed to reduce health disparities. 
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Bernadette de Leon, GISP

PhD Student/IT Director, Indiana University School of Public Health
Bernadette de Leon, GISP is currently a PhD student and the IT director at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington. She has developed and taught GIS courses at both the undergraduate- and the graduate-level as an adjunct instructor, and she was certified as a GISP in 2013. When she completes her PhD, she wants to combine her IT management background with GIS in an educational role.
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Susanne Mitchell, MPH

Doctoral Student, Kent State University, College of Public Health
Susanne Mitchell, MPH is a doctoral student in the prevention science program in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. She has been a graduate research assistant for 18 months and works on a project funded by the National Institute of Justice which examines the intersection of health and neighborhood crime utilizing spatial video geonarratives (SVG). Her research interests include violence prevention, mental health, and... Read More →
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Laura Schuch, MPH

Graduate Assistant - PhD Candidate, Kent State University, Akron Children's Hospital
Laura Schuch is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant in the Geography Department at Kent State University. For the past three years she has worked in the GIS, Health and Hazards Lab on projects focused on understanding the connection between environment and health at a finer-scale. Specifically, her research centers on using geospatial methods in environmental exposure assessment, such as lead poisoning and air quality (PM), and... Read More →



Thursday June 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

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