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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 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Using Social Media in Health

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Location-based social media contains a wealth of data freely available to everyone. When combined with GIS this data allows for new insights into health issues whether tracking the spread of disease or assessing public perceptions of environmental health issues.  This session focuses on the barriers and opportunities for the use of location-based social media applications and crowdsourcing as methods of extracting and analyzing data.

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

  • Analysis of the Relationship Between City Image and Perception of Smell in an Urban Environment
    Junyoung Choi, Research Fellow (Ph.D), Land and Housing Institute, Daejeon, South Korea
    Wansoo Im, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN United States
  • Using FrackMap (a Harvard WorldMap) to Explore Peer-reviewed Literature Topics and Public Perceptions Expressed in Twitter Conversations
    Nathalie DeMarcellis-Warin, Visiting Scientist, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA United States
  • The Problems with Using Geocoded Tweets for Health Research
    Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA United States

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Liora Sahar

Director, Statistics and Evaluation Research Center, American Cancer Society
Liora Sahar, PhD, is a Director within the Statistics & Evaluation Research Center at the American Cancer Society, and serves as adjunct faculty in GA-Tech, teaching GIS and Remote Sensing. The focus of her work within society programs is to engage in geospatial research with application to ACS mission, income and to inform decision making. As a geodetic engineer and a GIS Professional (GISP) she leads a team that also supports daily activities... Read More →

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Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Philadelphia, PA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability
Eugene Brusilovskiy is currently the Director of Data Analytics at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. He also directs the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability at Temple University. Eugene holds a Masters Degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the use of innovative technologies and analytical tools to examine the predictors of various psychosocial... Read More →
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Junyoung Choi, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Korea Land and Housing corp.
Dr. CHOI, JUNYOUNG obtained a master and Ph.D. degree in urban planning from Hanyang university. After that, he worked at urban information research center and research group for mass transit reform in Seoul Institute from 2001 to 2003 and then policy research center in Korea Local Information research and Development(KLID) until 2006. From 2006, he participated in the various national projects and researches on urban development, housing... Read More →
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Nathalie DeMarcellis-Warin

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health
Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, PhD, is Visiting Scientist at Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. She is Full Professor at Polytechnique Montreal, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering and Vice-President Risk Management and Sustainable Development at CIRANO Research Center (Canada). She is part of the FrackMap Project (WorldMap at Harvard University).

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 →

Thursday June 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

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