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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 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GIS and Cancer: Research, Surveillance & Patient Outcomes

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Panelists from CDC, the National Cancer Institute, the private sector and a non-profit organization will present the role of geospatial science and systems within their organizations. The panel will explore the nature of different implementations of GIS stemming from the organizations’ mission.  Panelists will identify commonalities and discuss pressing issues while addressing topics such as:

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

  • GIS in cancer research (issues such as data quality and availability; best practice solutions & methodologies; multidisciplinary research)
  • GIS for cancer surveillance, including, latest findings and products that are available to GIS professionals (including current developments and highlighted projects)
  • Cancer control and services and the role GIS plays in planning patient services and interventions to improve patient outcomes (health equity).

Liora Sahar, Director, Evaluation Informatics, American Cancer Society, Inc., Atlanta, GA United States
Stephanie Foster, MPH, MA, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA United States
Lisa M. Stevens, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Planning and Operations, Center for Global Health, NCI, OD, Rockville, MD United States 
David Stinchcomb, Westat, Rockville, MD United States     

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Rachel Abudu, MPH

Global Cancer Project Map Data Analyst/Manager, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.
Rachel Abudu is the Global Cancer Project Map Data Analyst and Manager at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., in support to the National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health. She serves as the Project Manager for the Global Cancer Project Map, a web-based tool that catalogs international efforts related to cancer research, care, and outreach by integrating cancer control program and research project information from various organizations... 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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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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Lisa Stevens

Head, Global Cancer Control Program, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute
Dr. Stevens’ desire to facilitate and promote science is what brought her to the Office of the Director, NCI, in 2000. She joined the Office of Science Planning and Assessment in 2002 and joined the Center for Global Health as the Deputy Director for Planning and Operations in 2012. In support of NCI, she has fostered collaborations, created decision-making tools, and overseen the development of strategic plans.  Since joining the... Read More →
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Dave Stinchcomb

Senior Health Geographer, Westat
I'm a health geographer with an interest in disease surveillance, population geography, cartography, and data visualization. I also have a background in statistics and computer science both of which often come in handy. I've been at Westat since 2011 and was a branch chief at the National Cancer Institute before that.

Friday June 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

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