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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
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Accessibility of services is vital to health outcomes. Presenters will review examples of the application of GIS and extensions such as Network Analyst to define areas served for general, emergency and specialized care services, distance and time to care, and the nature and equality of health outcomes.

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

  • How the Definition of Rural Affects Rural Health
    Penny Black, Rural Health Epidemiologist, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Madison, WI  United States
  • Does Health Care Disparity Differ by Urban Form Type? A Comparative Analysis of Urban, Suburban, and  Rural Areas
    Sulhee Yoon, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL United States
  • Service Area Analysis of Certified Stroke Centers and Relationship with Stroke Morality Rates in Tennessee
    Casey Morrell, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN United States
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles: Location, Access and Service Among Young Adults Medical Marijuana Patients
    Avat Kioumarsi, MPH, Ph.D Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA United States


Wansoo Im, PhD

Associate Professor, Meharry Medical College
Wansoo Im has applied community participatory mapping method on environmental health, health equity, healthcare, transportation, and other planning-related fields. He has taught at Rutgers, NJIT, and UDMNJ for over 20 years. He was a research faculty member as well as co-director of Environmental Health Disparities Core at Meharry Medical College. Currently, he provides consulting services to various NGOs, government agencies, universities... Read More →

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Penny Black

Rural Health Epidemiologist, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
Will work for data. As the Rural Health Epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, my not-hidden agenda includes making data understandable and pushing the use of data to inform decisions.
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Avat Kioumarsi, MPH

Graduate Assistant, Drexel University
She is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health. She has been involved in the field of substance use for the last 9 years. She is working as data analyst on the 'Cannabis, Health and Young Adults' study funded by NIH. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on 'the natural history of marijuana use among medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles'.
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Casey Morrell

Research Assistant, East Tennessee State University
Casey is a recent Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She enjoys visualizing and displaying health data through geographic information systems. She currently serves as the research assistant for the Tennessee Stroke Registry in which she analyzes data to produce annual reports on stroke statistics in Tennessee.
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Sulhee (Sunny) Yoon

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida
Sulhee (Sunny) is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. She also pursues her doctoral minor degree in Health Service Research. Her research applies spatial statistics and GIS to integrate built environment and public health that enables to actively contribute to the vision healthy built environment. Her recent research includes an access to primary health care providers.

Thursday June 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

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