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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 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Assessing the Impact of GIS in Planning for Health

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Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are being implemented across a host of disciplines and with wide variations in methodologies. This session will feature presentations of how GIS is being included in differing ways in health impact assessments and in the integration of health in planning.

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

  • Hot-Spotting: Comparing GIS Data Utilization in HIAs in Alaska & North Carolina
    Donald Kostelec, AICP, Principal, Kostelec Planning, Asheville, NC United States
  • Landscape Anthropometrics: A multi-Scale Approach to Integrating Health into Regional Land Use Planning
    Arthi Rao, MS, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Invisible Environments and Micro-Geographies Matter: Integrating Sketch Maps with GIS to Improve the Utility of Health Impact Assessments
    Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, OH United States
  • Spatial Analysis for Public Health: A Focus on What Comes Before and After the Map
    Frank C. Curriero and Timothy Shields, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Jennifer Rankin, PhD

Senior Manager, Research and Product Services, HealthLandscape
Dr. Rankin joined HealthLandscape in March 2015. Prior to this, she served as the Geospatial Informatics Senior Analyst for the Robert Graham Center. She directs geospatial projects for HealthLandscape, most notably the UDS Mapper. Her career has focused on issues related to primary... Read More →


Donald Kostelec, AICP

Principal, Kostelec Planning
Don Kostelec, AICP, is the principal of Kostelec Planning in Asheville. He is applies Health Impact Assessments and integrated health/planning efforts across the US. Don has worked in the public and private sector managing municipal plans, comprehensive plans, and active transportation... Read More →
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Arthi Rao, MS

Program Manager, Informatics & Doctoral Candidate, American Cancer Society
Arthi Rao is a Program Manager in the Statistics & Evaluation Center and part of the GIS team at the American Cancer Society. Arthi brings to ACS experience with social determinants of health, healthy places, healthy communities, and methods for spatially analyzing these issues. Arthi... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Frank Curriero, PhD

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Curriero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a trained statistician jointly appointed in the Departments of Biostatistics and Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Curriero’s research focus and expertise... Read More →
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Timothy Shields

Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tim Shields expertise is in incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) with public health applications. I focus on data management and environmental surveillance with respect to modeling of risk and spatial distributions of disease. I am the co-director of the Malaria Research... Read More →

Thursday June 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

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