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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
Protecting the Health of Mother and Baby

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This session delves into the links between environmental health hazards and variations in birth outcomes such as gestational and birth weights and lengths of pregnancy for women in the U.S. and Canada. Disparities in exposures to key health hazards (air pollution, toxic release sites), built environment factors (access to green space and healthy foods) and birth outcomes by socio-geographic factors are explored.

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

  • Mapping Outdoor Maternal Health Hazards and Babies Born Too Small
    Charlene Nielsen, MSc, Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • GIS Analysis of Associations Between Preterm Births, Air Pollution, and Environmental Amenities
    Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Associate Porfessor, Clark University, Worcester, MA United States
  • Developing a Pregnancy Peer Support Program to Address Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes in African American Women
    Kellee Hanigan, DPT, Assistant Professor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN United States


Kellee Hanigan, DPT

Assistant Professor, Indiana State University
I hold a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy and I became interested in community-based participatory research during my post-doc at The University of Nebraska Medical Center. I became well-versed in qualitative methodology and am now pursuing my PhD in Epidemiology with a minor in Physical Activity at Indiana University with the hopes of blending qualitative and quantitative methods to answer health related research questions.
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Charlene Nielsen

Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
Charlene Nielsen is dedicated to defending the "health of the land" for all organisms on earth by developing Geographical Information Systems solutions through integrative collaborations. She is currently an interdisciplinary PhD candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her research brings the geographic perspective to exploring the spatial co-location of adverse birth... Read More →
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Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Associate Professor of GIS Science, Clark University
Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D., Associate Professor of GIS Science, Clark University. Yelena teaches introductory and advanced GIS courses to undergraduate and graduate students at Clark University located in Worcester, MA. Her current research focuses on human-environment relationships and the analysis of their spatial variation.  In particular, she applies GIS technologies to study environmental justice, quality of life, and... Read More →

Friday June 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

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