This event has ended. View the official site or create your own event → Check it out
This event has ended. Create your own
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

Follow the hashtag #GISHealth on Twitter
View analytic
Friday, June 3 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Closing Session: GIS and Mapping Support for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule and see who's attending!

GIS and Mapping Support for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The widespread outbreak of Ebola virus in 2014 was one of the most challenging and acute public health crises of modern time. Mapping and spatial intelligence were critical to meeting the objective of responding to and halting the spread of Ebola. Unfortunately, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries with the most severe outbreaks, also suffered from a lack of both public health and information technology infrastructure. Support for these nations came from many groups, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Nation emergency health mission, the World Health Organization and many other governmental and non-governmental agencies. In this session, we have a group of people who contributed to mapping and related support during the emergency response to the recent Ebola outbreak.

Attendance at this session will offer 1.25 AICP credits, pending approval. 

(Note that this session will conclude at 3:30 PM to allow for late afternoon/evening departures)


  • Hugh Keegan, Manager, Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
    Ebola coordination from a geospatial perspective with the World Health Organization
  • Amber Dismer, MPH, Health Scientist, Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Ebola International Task force focusing on the Ebola Response in Guinea
  • Jeff Pires, GISP, Lead Analyst at National Grid 
    GISCorps volunteer for the Ebola mission, stationed at the World Health Organization HQ.

Session Moderator: Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz, PhD, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Epidemiology Lab, Department of Pathobiology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

avatar for Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz, PhD

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 →

avatar for Amber Dismer, MPH

Amber Dismer, MPH

Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Amber Dismer, MPH, is a Health Scientist in the CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch on the Public Health Systems Recovery Team. She has experience as a Geographic Information Systems specialist and deployed in May and June of 2015 to Conakry, Guinea to support the in-country GIS Ebola response. In the past 4 years, Amber has provided GIS analysis assistance to Haiti’s Ministry of Health across their public health... Read More →
avatar for Hugh Keegan

Hugh Keegan

Manager/Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
I was introduced to GIS while working at Oak Ridge Natl. Laboratory in the mid 70's. I was told the place to learn more was at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Landscape Architecture program, particularly because of its connection with the Lab for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis.  I am extremely grateful to have been a student of Carl Steinitz, Dave Sinton, Doug Way and Dana Tomlin.Eric Teicholz and Allan Schmidt were kind... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Pires, GISP

Jeff Pires, GISP

Lead Analyst, National Grid
Jeff Pires has been with National Grid, an international electric & gas utility, for 13 years. Currently a Lead Analyst on the Asset Data & Systems team, Jeff focuses on innovative applications of GIS to asset management and emergency response. He is also the Technical Lead for National Grid’s ArcGIS Online (AGO) organization, which is one of the largest implementations in the world with over 1,500 users. | | What brings a utility GIS... Read More →

Friday June 3, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hamilton Ballroom, Lower Level

Attendees (21)