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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
Geospatial-based Health Advocacy, Education, and Interventions

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, GIS has tremendous potential to help health professionals more effectively communicate with communities around critical health issues. This session features projects that employed interactive mapping and other methods to obtain input, educate communities, and implement other intervention strategies for critical health issues including childhood asthma, cancer and disease outbreaks.

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

  • Interactive Asthma Map at Kentucky's Capitol Education Center
    Benjamin Scott, MPH, Data Coordinator /Epidemiologist, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Frankfort, KY United States
  • Outbreak: Exhibiting Maps of Contagious Diseases - Spanish Flu to the Zika Virus
    Daniel Cole, GISP, GIS Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC United States
  • Geospatial Research to Support Evidence-based Cancer Control Initiatives and Advocacy Efforts in a National Non-profit
    Liora Sahar, PhD, GISP, Director, Statistics and Evaluation Research Center, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Geospatial Analysis on HRSA Data to Inform Cancer Prevention Initiatives
    Arthi Rao, MS, Program Manager, Informatics, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 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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Dan Cole

GIS Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution
Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. He also serves as GIS, cartographic and GPS consultant to other scientists, exhibit staff and... 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 has published and presented on the topics of Health Impact Assessment (HIA), sustainability, walkability analysis, regional planning, therapeutic landscapes and... Read More →
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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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Benjamin Scott, MPH

Data Coordinator/Epidemiologist, Data Coordinator/Epidemiologist
Ben Scott is the data coordinator and epidemiologist for Kentucky’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network at the Kentucky Department for Public Health.  He is actively working to incorporate GIS for data display into the tracking network and is involved in increasing GIS capacity at the department through use of online software.  He studied at the University of Iowa where he was involved in a wide variety of research activities... Read More →

Friday June 3, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

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