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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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Friday, June 3 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exposing Community Health Risks through GIS

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As industrial and resource extraction activities encroach on developed areas and as developed areas encroach on areas with environmental or industrial hazards, exposure risk has increased for communities across the U.S. The need for continued improvements to geospatial data, mapping and modeling of potential health hazards is highlighted through the presentations in this session.   

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

  • Geospatial Analysis of Hydrofracturing Activities Related to Human Health Outcomes in the USA
    Caitlin Gormley, Student, Sayville High School, West Sayville, NY United States
  • Who Is Exposed to Indoor Radon?
    Stephanie Foster, MPH, MA, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Mapping the Legacy of Arsenic
    Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL United States
  • The Niche of Asthma: Using GIS Sensors & Machine Learning to Understand Asthma
    Joshua Pepper, BA, BS, (MS/MD Expected), Medical Student and Researcher, UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program, Berkeley, CA United States

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Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, GISP

Chief Medical Officer & Health Solutions Director, Esri
Dr. Estella M. Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, FACP, GISP is Esri's Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director where she leads the health and human services sector team, focusing on the improvement of health though strategic use of geographic information systems. Dr. Geraghty's prior roles include Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, and Associate Professor in... Read More →


Stephanie Foster, MPH, MA

Atlanta, GA, Epidemiologist
Stephanie Foster began her CDC career in 1997 working with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention where in addition to working on special studies of national HIV incidence she was responsible for assisting the San Francisco Department of Health in developing their first Atlas of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. While working for the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Stephanie spearheaded the development of an interactive national cancer atlas... Read More →
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Caitlin Gormley

Student , Grade 11, Sayville High School
Caitlin Gormley enrolled for an introductory course in geospatial analysis through the Stony Brook University Accelerated College Education Program for high school students in 2014 when she was a rising sophomore. She has developed an authentic research project assessing trends and human health impacts that may be associated with hydrofracturing activities within the Marcellus Shale encompassing Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York... Read More →
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Joshua Pepper

Berkeley, CA, Medical Student and Researcher
Josh Pepper is a second year medical student in the UC Berkeley, UCSF Joint Medical Program. His research focuses on the realtime geospatial relationship between asthma inhaler use and environmental conditions. Josh is from Fresno, CA and has dual undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Civil/Environmental Engineering from UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.
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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 →

Friday June 3, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

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