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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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Wednesday, June 1
 

8:30am

Half-Day Workshop: Integrating Community Input in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) through Sketch Maps and GIS

Instructor: Jacqueline W. Curtis, Kent State University

Attendance at this workshop will offer:
3.5 AICP credits, pending approval.
3.5 CPH credits, pending NBPHE approval. 

Learning objectives: At the end of this workshop participants will have an understanding of the benefits and limitations in integrating sketch maps into a GIS for tasks where spatial public perception data are needed, especially Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). By taking this workshop, participants will be prepared to begin the collection, and analysis of their own sketch map data suitable for GIS analysis.

Workshop Overview: Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are rapidly becoming a standard tool to evaluate potential health outcomes of proposed planning or policy initiatives across the United States. Community input is a key piece of the assessment, but can be challenging to systematically and spatially collect and analyze in a way that provides authoritative and actionable data. Sketch maps of local knowledge (e.g., assets) and perceptions (e.g., fear of crime) provide an approach through which such data can be integrated in the HIA. This workshop will teach approaches for this form of spatial data collection and relevant spatial analytical techniques to accommodate a variety of HIA topics and stakeholder characteristics. Overall, it will illustrate the benefits of integrating sketch maps with GIS in combination with a methodological approach that results in the creation and analysis of otherwise unavailable spatial layers. For this workshop, the methodological approach will include creating survey instruments designed with a focus on capturing spatial environmental perception data, digitizing the survey data into a GIS, and then performing basic spatial analyses to identify hot spots of shared perceptions or other local insights. Focus will be given to potential uses in the HIA stages of conducting assessment, developing recommendations, reporting, and monitoring/evaluation. Proceedings will begin with several examples drawn from ongoing projects being conducted through the GIS, Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University (http://www.kent.edu/ghhlab).

Case studies include understanding youth fear of crime, as well as relevant environmental perceptions for HIAs on trail development, Safe Routes to School, and environmental justice studies. These examples will provide application of a consistent research frame which includes a detailed step-by-step progression through data collection to spatial analysis to using these maps in reporting and stakeholder meetings.

Participants will provide their own laptop to facilitate participation in a worked exercise.

Additional registration fee for preconference workshops: $95 for URISA or APHA members/$125 for nonmembers 

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is the Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. Dr. Curtis focuses on the use of Geographic Information Science (GISc) and mixed methods to study health in derelict neighborhood environments. Her current projects focus on the use of geospatial technologies and spatial analysis in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and in child injury... Read More →


Wednesday June 1, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

1:00pm

Half-Day Workshop: Visioning and Mapping Healthy Communities

Instructors:
Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, CEO, Raleigh, NC
Ann Steedly, Chief Operations Officer, Planning Communities, LLC, Raleigh, NC


Attendance at this workshop will offer:
3.5 AICP credits, pending approval
4.0 CPH credits, pending NBPHE approval.


Learning Objectives:
Provide participants an understanding of the factors that define the health of a community by examining health data to support a community planning process. Participants will be equipped with the tools to integrate health considerations into establishment of plan goals, objectives and performance measures.

Workshop Overview: As public agencies, community organizations and others work to incorporate health considerations into planning and development, a critical touchpoint is during community visioning and goal setting. Using an active planning process, participants and relevant stakeholders will participate in a facilitated goal setting session incorporating health data with other geospatial planning data to support development of health-related goals and indicators. Workshop participants will review and evaluate GIS health and related data sets, discussing the complex and spatially interrelated data sets that impact health outcomes. These can include transportation, land use, health and community facilities data such as access pathways and modes connecting communities with medical resources, recreational resources, healthy foods, support networks, and other community resources that sustain a community’s physical, social and overall well-being. Participants will identify data gaps and collection needs and utilize data available in the workshop to define health-related targets and measures. By applying these considerations to an active effort, participants will be equipped to apply this learning in their own communities.

Additional registration fee for preconference workshops: $95 for URISA or APHA members/$125 for nonmembers 

Speakers
avatar for Ann Steedly

Ann Steedly

Chief Operations Officer, Planning Communities, LLC
Ann Steedly is a founding partner with Planning Communities, a women-owned multi-disciplinary planning firm. She has 20 years of experience managing infrastructure, environmental and socioeconomic studies. Ann has expertise in multimodal transportation, community and recreational planning, Title VI and Environmental Justice and has led research, training, process improvements and projects for state Departments of Transportation, FHWA, National... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Townsend

Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →


Wednesday June 1, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level
 
Thursday, June 2
 

9:00am

Welcome & Keynote Address – Carrie Stokes: Health is Wealth: Reducing Poverty Through a Geographic Approach
We are so pleased to welcome Carrie Stokes as our esteemed keynote speaker. 

Symposium Keynote Address
Health is Wealth: Reducing Poverty Through a Geographic Approach 
Carrie Stokes has worked for over 25 years in international development and the environment. She currently serves as the first Geographer of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), headquartered in Washington, DC. She established and now directs the Agency’s GeoCenter, which applies geographic analysis to USAID’s international development programming. Prior to becoming the Agency Geographer, Carrie served as the director of the SERVIR program for USAID, in a joint venture with NASA. Carrie has a technical background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global climate change, and natural resource management. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. 

Attendance at this session will offer 1.5 AICP credits, pending approval 

Moderators
avatar for Teresa Townsend

Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Stokes

Carrie Stokes

Geographer, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Carrie Stokes has worked for over 25 years in international development and the environment. She currently serves as the first Geographer of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), headquartered in Washington, DC. She established and now directs the Agency’s GeoCenter, which applies geographic analysis to USAID’s international development programming. Prior to becoming the Agency Geographer, Carrie served as the... Read More →


Thursday June 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Hamilton Ballroom, Lower Level

10:00am

Coffee Break & Networking
Thursday June 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Hamilton Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

Creating New Directions in Health for Vulnerable Populations
Presenters in this session will share how geospatial data and methods are advancing evaluations and interventions for specific health risks. Session presentations will cover the use of geonarratives and other techniques to explore lead risk in children and health conditions for homeless populations, as well as how GIS is being integrated with outreach to help with HIV prevention strategies.

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

  • Moving the Needle: Advancing Policy on a Syringe Access Program (SAP) during HIV Outbreak in Indiana
    Bernadette deLeon, GISP, MS, MA,Director of SPH-B IT Services and PhD Candidate, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (IU SPH-B), Bloomington, IN United States
    Geospatial Methods to Support Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: Development of an Environmental Lead Index
    Laura Schuch, Graduate Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States
  • Capturing Geographic Complexity in a Homeless Neighborhood: Spatial Video Geonarratives (SVG) in Skid Row, Los Angeles
    Andrew Curtis, PhD, Professor, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States
    Susanne Mitchell, MPH, Graduate Student, Kent State University, Kent, OH  United States

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Curtis, PhD

Andrew Curtis, PhD

Co-Director of GIS/Health & Hazards Lab, Kent State University
Andrew Curtis is the current Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University and is a former Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies designed to reduce health disparities. 
avatar for Bernadette de Leon, GISP

Bernadette de Leon, GISP

PhD Student/IT Director, Indiana University School of Public Health
Bernadette de Leon, GISP is currently a PhD student and the IT director at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington. She has developed and taught GIS courses at both the undergraduate- and the graduate-level as an adjunct instructor, and she was certified as a GISP in 2013. When she completes her PhD, she wants to combine her IT management background with GIS in an educational role.
avatar for Susanne Mitchell, MPH

Susanne Mitchell, MPH

Doctoral Student, Kent State University, College of Public Health
Susanne Mitchell, MPH is a doctoral student in the prevention science program in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. She has been a graduate research assistant for 18 months and works on a project funded by the National Institute of Justice which examines the intersection of health and neighborhood crime utilizing spatial video geonarratives (SVG). Her research interests include violence prevention, mental health, and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Schuch, MPH

Laura Schuch, MPH

Graduate Assistant - PhD Candidate, Kent State University, Akron Children's Hospital
Laura Schuch is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant in the Geography Department at Kent State University. For the past three years she has worked in the GIS, Health and Hazards Lab on projects focused on understanding the connection between environment and health at a finer-scale. Specifically, her research centers on using geospatial methods in environmental exposure assessment, such as lead poisoning and air quality (PM), and... Read More →



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

10:30am

Using GIS to Fight Dengue and Zika
This session will share how GIS is being used to evaluate and target vector control programs in the U.S. and globally. Scientists and policy makers are leveraging geospatial data to improve the efficiency of response to outbreaks and to support initiatives to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

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

  • Mapping Vector Control Programs at the Local Level to Combat Aedes Aegypti
    Michelle
    Nichols, GIS Specialist, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC United States
    Jennifer Li, Director of Public Health Preparedness, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC United States
  • Fight the Bite: Enhancing Essential Information with Location Technology for Biosurveillance
    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS, Director of Global Disaster Response, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Account Manager, GISinc, Birmingham, AL
     
  • How GIS Technologies Helped to Save Masses from Dengue Fever? A Case Study of Lahore District
    Azmat Ali, University of the Punjab/SPADE Foundation, Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
    Bilal Iqbal, Sr. Scientific Officer, National Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Punjab Pakistan - Cancel - will not be presenting
  • Suitability of the United States for Zika Transmission Based on Vector Niches
    Julie Obenauer, Student, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN United States

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Azmat Ali

Azmat Ali

Director R&D, SPADE Foundation
With ten years of professional experience with international, public, private and development sector organizations and as PhD scholar in GIS/MIS/RS, with M.Sc. in POPULATION SCIENCES, M.Sc. in SPACE SCIENCES and SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MANAGEMNT PROGRAMME (SEMP) from Asia’s top class universities, Mr. Azmat is able to provide a creative synthesis of technology, social & business viewpoints of Information Management (IM), Geographic Information System... Read More →
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Bilal Iqbal

Punjab - Pakistan, Sr. Scientific Officer
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Jennifer Li

Director of Public Health Preparedness, Association of County & City Health Officials
Jennifer Li is the Senior Director for Environmental Health and Disability at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She oversees several projects including environmental health practice, environmental public health tracking and vector control. Jennifer obtained her Masters of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health Sciences, and a Bachelor of... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

Director of Global Disaster Response, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is an assisstant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and teaches three graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching. He is the Director of Global Disaster Response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine program at the... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Nichols, MS

Michelle Nichols, MS

GIS Analyst, Pandemic & Catastrophic Preparedness, National Association of County & City Health Officials
Michelle Nichols is the lead GIS Analyst at The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She specializes in providing local health departments with GIS services and is currently the GIS analyst on NACCHO’s Zika Response Team. Michelle began her GIS career in 1991 as a U.S. Navy side scan/multi beam sonar analyst. After earning a M.S. in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver, she transitioned into... Read More →
avatar for Julie Obenauer, MHS

Julie Obenauer, MHS

DrPH Candidate, East Tennessee State University
Julie Obenauer, MHS, is a DrPH Candidate in Epidemiology at East Tennessee State University whose research focuses on using GIS and niche modeling to predict changes in vector habitats due to climate change. Currently, she is working on Aedes aegypti habitat suitability as a predictor for Zika virus emergence. She has a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the epidemiology of malaria in areas of unstable... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).



Thursday June 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

10:30am

Who’s Getting Served?
Accessibility of services is vital to health outcomes. Presenters will review examples of the application of GIS and extensions such as Network Analyst to define areas served for general, emergency and specialized care services, distance and time to care, and the nature and equality of health outcomes.

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

  • How the Definition of Rural Affects Rural Health
    Penny Black, Rural Health Epidemiologist, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Madison, WI  United States
  • Does Health Care Disparity Differ by Urban Form Type? A Comparative Analysis of Urban, Suburban, and  Rural Areas
    Sulhee Yoon, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL United States
  • Service Area Analysis of Certified Stroke Centers and Relationship with Stroke Morality Rates in Tennessee
    Casey Morrell, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN United States
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles: Location, Access and Service Among Young Adults Medical Marijuana Patients
    Avat Kioumarsi, MPH, Ph.D Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA United States


Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
avatar for Penny Black

Penny Black

Rural Health Epidemiologist, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
Will work for data. As the Rural Health Epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, my not-hidden agenda includes making data understandable and pushing the use of data to inform decisions.
avatar for Avat Kioumarsi, MPH

Avat Kioumarsi, MPH

Graduate Assistant, Drexel University
She is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health. She has been involved in the field of substance use for the last 9 years. She is working as data analyst on the 'Cannabis, Health and Young Adults' study funded by NIH. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on 'the natural history of marijuana use among medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles'.
avatar for Casey Morrell

Casey Morrell

Research Assistant, East Tennessee State University
Casey is a recent Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She enjoys visualizing and displaying health data through geographic information systems. She currently serves as the research assistant for the Tennessee Stroke Registry in which she analyzes data to produce annual reports on stroke statistics in Tennessee.
avatar for Sulhee (Sunny) Yoon

Sulhee (Sunny) Yoon

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida
Sulhee (Sunny) is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. She also pursues her doctoral minor degree in Health Service Research. Her research applies spatial statistics and GIS to integrate built environment and public health that enables to actively contribute to the vision healthy built environment. Her recent research includes an access to primary health care providers.



Thursday June 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch & Networking
Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)  and Kent State University


Thursday June 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton Ballroom, Lower Level

1:00pm

Assessing the Impact of GIS in Planning for Health
Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are being implemented across a host of disciplines and with wide variations in methodologies. This session will feature presentations of how GIS is being included in differing ways in health impact assessments and in the integration of health in planning.

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

  • Hot-Spotting: Comparing GIS Data Utilization in HIAs in Alaska & North Carolina
    Donald Kostelec, AICP, Principal, Kostelec Planning, Asheville, NC United States
  • Landscape Anthropometrics: A multi-Scale Approach to Integrating Health into Regional Land Use Planning
    Arthi Rao, MS, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Invisible Environments and Micro-Geographies Matter: Integrating Sketch Maps with GIS to Improve the Utility of Health Impact Assessments
    Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, OH United States
  • Spatial Analysis for Public Health: A Focus on What Comes Before and After the Map
    Frank C. Curriero and Timothy Shields, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Rankin, PhD

Jennifer Rankin, PhD

Senior Manager, Research and Product Services, HealthLandscape
Dr. Rankin joined HealthLandscape in March 2015. Prior to this, she served as the Geospatial Informatics Senior Analyst for the Robert Graham Center. She directs geospatial projects for HealthLandscape, most notably the UDS Mapper. Her career has focused on issues related to primary care and access to care, with a special interest in the geography of access to health care. She has worked with the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Frank  Curriero, PhD

Frank Curriero, PhD

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Curriero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a trained statistician jointly appointed in the Departments of Biostatistics and Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Curriero’s research focus and expertise is in the development and application of spatial statistical methodology in the epidemiological and environmental health sciences. His work focuses on... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is the Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. Dr. Curtis focuses on the use of Geographic Information Science (GISc) and mixed methods to study health in derelict neighborhood environments. Her current projects focus on the use of geospatial technologies and spatial analysis in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and in child injury... Read More →
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Donald Kostelec, AICP

Principal, Kostelec Planning
Don Kostelec, AICP, is the principal of Kostelec Planning in Asheville. He is applies Health Impact Assessments and integrated health/planning efforts across the US. Don has worked in the public and private sector managing municipal plans, comprehensive plans, and active transportation plans for more than 13 years. Don is a member of BikeWalk NC’s Board of Directors, NC Eat Smart / Move More, and the French Broad River MPO Complete... Read More →
avatar for Arthi Rao, MS

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 →
avatar for Timothy Shields

Timothy Shields

Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tim Shields expertise is in incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) with public health applications. I focus on data management and environmental surveillance with respect to modeling of risk and spatial distributions of disease. I am the co-director of the Malaria Research Institute’s Environmental Surveillance Core (ESC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I have also developed and teach two courses in... Read More →



Thursday June 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Breaking Out GIS to Enhance Understanding of Disease Risks
Presenters in this session will analyze the relationship between vector borne disease incidences and a number of spatial factors in order to understand outbreak risks and patterns.

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

  • An Examination of the Spatial Factors of Dengue Cases in Quezon City, Philippine
    Fernando Jr. Garcia, Assistant Professor,
    University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  • Chikungunya and Dengue in Cali, Colombia: Epidemiological and Geospatial Analyses
    Amy Krystosik, MPH, Graduate Assistant, Kent State University, College of Public Health, San Francisco, CA United States
  • The Use of Remote Sensing and GIS Data to Model Non-biomedical Risk Factors of Leptospirosis at the Community Level
    Maria Vega Corredor, and Jacob Opadeyi, PhD, MBA, FRICS, Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago
  • Effect of Temperature and Precipitation Change on Historical Plague Outbreaks in Europe
    Yuhao Wu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA United States

Moderators
avatar for Alyssa Randall

Alyssa Randall

GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC
Alyssa research areas of interest include conservation GIS, environmental modeling, coastal management, geostatistics, satellite image processing and environmental impact analysis. Her strong GIS background has allowed her to work on a number of exciting projects such as modeling species, analyzing hydrologic resources, and studying the perception of sea level rise and literacy. Alyssa has completed maps and analyses for the NC Wildlife... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maria Vega Corredor

Maria Vega Corredor

PhD candidate, University of The West Indies
Maria Cecilia Vega Corredor is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, with an MSc in tropical ecology.  Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of The West Indies, with research interests in using multidisciplinary approaches that combine GIS, remote sensing and spatial statistics within ecological analyses to help understand the causation of neglected and zoonotic... Read More →
avatar for Fernando Jr. Garcia

Fernando Jr. Garcia

Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Manila
Fernando Garcia Jr. is a Health Economist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila. He became more interested in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) when he received a research fellowship for the program Urban Planning and Land Administration (UPLA.2) at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation... Read More →
avatar for Amy R Krystosik, MPH

Amy R Krystosik, MPH

Graduate Assistant, Kent State University College of Public Health
Holds MPH in international health and development from Tulane SPHTM, Currently studying for doctorate in public health epidemiology at Kent State University College of Public Health with Mark A James. | | Interested in mapping vector borne diseases and promoting social justice in public and community health.
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Jacob Opadeyi, PhD, MBA, FRICS

Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of West Indies
Dr. Opadeyi has a PhD in Land Management and a Masters of Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada; an MSc and a BSc in Surveying from the University of Lagos in Nigeria; an Executive MBA from the UWI. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) awarded him a certificate in flood hazard mapping, modeling and monitoring. Dr. Opadeyi has received an extensive array of academic awards and fellowships. He served... Read More →
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Yuhao Wu

Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Tech
Connor Wu has been the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech since February 2016. Before that, he was the research associate at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with the primary responsibilities to investigate the association between historical plague outbreaks and climate change from the GIS perspective. He earned a PhD in Geography from HKU, a Msc in Geomatics (GIS) from the Hong Kong... Read More →



Thursday June 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

1:00pm

The ABCs of Health Disparities
The identification and response to spatially distributed health disparities using the application of GIS is an area of growing importance. This session features local, city and state level geospatial evaluations of disparities in health and access to health-supportive as well as resources that may be harmful to health outcomes.

Attendance at this session will offer 1.5 AICP credits, pending approval.
  • Alcohol Beverage Control, Privatization and the Spatial Distribution of Alcohol Outlets and Health and Social Disparities
    Steven Melly, GIS Analyst, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA United States
  • Using Global Positioning Systems and Spatio-Temporal Data Mining to Study Community Mobility and Participation of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses
    Eugene Brusilovskiy,MUSA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA United States
  • Gotta Go! A Case Study in Mapping Inclusive Facilities for A Diverse Community
    Jennifer Murray, Director Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center,  Student Life & Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
    Jennifer Woo, PhD  Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
    Hui Xie, Ph.D Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Philadelphia, PA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability
Eugene Brusilovskiy is currently the Director of Data Analytics at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. He also directs the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability at Temple University. Eugene holds a Masters Degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the use of innovative technologies and analytical tools to examine the predictors of various psychosocial... Read More →
avatar for Hui Xie, Ph.D Candidate

Hui Xie, Ph.D Candidate

PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Hui Xie is a 4th year PhD candidate of Public Health at UW-Milwaukee. She has been working with different minority health projects and research studies focusing on intersecting identities and LGBT health. She is currently working on four research projects involving transgender and gender nonconforming youth and tobacco-related disparities in LGB populations.
avatar for Steven Melly

Steven Melly

GIS Analyst, Dornsife School of Public Health Drexel University
I am using GIS to create neighborhood measures of the physical and social environment that can be used in studies of urban health. I have focused on the relationship between the built environment and physical activity and on exposure to air pollution.
avatar for Jennifer Murray

Jennifer Murray

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)
Jennifer Murray has served as a part of the professional staff leadership team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) for over ten years.  Jennifer was elected to serve for two consecutive two-year terms (2009-2013) on the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Executive Board.  Jennifer is currently pursing a Master's in... Read More →
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Jennifer Woo

PhD Student, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jennifer Woo is a third year PhD student in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology at the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is interested in how the built environment over the lifecourse affects patterns of health outcomes. Her research includes the use of GIS to determine spatial patterns in health care practices and the utilization of public health resources among marginalized and... Read More →



Thursday June 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

2:30pm

Coffee Break & Networking
Thursday June 2, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton Ballroom Foyer

3:00pm

Active Pathways to Health
This session will be packed with applications of GIS to support planning for active transportation for individuals of all ages and abilities. From the use of story maps to inform a regional active transportation plan and GIS and video to evaluate active transportation to schools to the analysis of bike share suitability and tools for navigating accessible routes, presenters will delve into the role of geospatial data in relating active transportation features with actual behaviors to inform planning.

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

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Annie McCabe, GIS Specialist III, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, OH United States
  • Personalized Accessibility Location Services (PALS) for Active Living
    Hassan Karimi, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA United States
  • Observation, Mapping, and Analysis of Child Injury Risk Behaviors in Micro-Environmental Contexts with Spatial Video and Geographic Information Systems
    Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, OH United States

Moderators
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Ann Steedly

Chief Operations Officer, Planning Communities, LLC
Ann Steedly is a founding partner with Planning Communities, a women-owned multi-disciplinary planning firm. She has 20 years of experience managing infrastructure, environmental and socioeconomic studies. Ann has expertise in multimodal transportation, community and recreational planning, Title VI and Environmental Justice and has led research, training, process improvements and projects for state Departments of Transportation, FHWA, National... Read More →

Speakers
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Jacqueline Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is the Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. Dr. Curtis focuses on the use of Geographic Information Science (GISc) and mixed methods to study health in derelict neighborhood environments. Her current projects focus on the use of geospatial technologies and spatial analysis in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and in child injury... Read More →
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Hassan Karimi

Professor and Director of the Geoinformatics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Hassan Karimi is a Professor and Director of the Geoinformatics Laboratory in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include geospatial information systems, navigation, location-based services, location-aware social networking, Big Data, grid/distributed/parallel computing, mobile computing, computational geometry, and spatial databases. Dr. Karimi has published the following books: Indoor... Read More →
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Annie McCabe

GIS Specialist, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Annie has been a GIS Specialist for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio for the past 7 years. She earned her B.S. in GIS and her M.A. in Geography, both from The Ohio State University.  Currently, she is identifying areas of activity and economic vitality for peer learning opportunities for one of four parts of Central Ohio’s population growth and development plan, Insight2050 Phase II.



Thursday June 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

3:00pm

GIS and Health Go Global
This session will feature several applications of GIS to current environmental and public health issues around the globe. Discover how spatial video is supporting field epidemiology, how accurate health indicator mapping can improve decisions in the health sector, by what modeling methods air quality impacts can be forecasted for rapidly industrializing areas, and in what ways vulnerable communities may be especially vulnerable to climate change.

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

  • Mapping the Water-Health Nexus in Challenging Urban Environments: A Case Study of Spatial Video in Haiti
    Andrew Curtis, PhD, Professor, Kent State University, Kent, OH United States
    Jason Blackburn, PhD, Assistant, Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL United States
  • Using  GIS for Defining Hospital Service Area at Jeddah City
    Abdulkader Murad, FCinstCES, Professor, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
  • Establishing a Relationship between Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Concentration and Traffic Density along the Roadways of a Small Island State: A Spatial Analysis Technique
    Faisal Mohammed and Jacob Opadeyi, PhD, MBA, FRICS,Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago

Moderators
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Bernadette de Leon, GISP

PhD Student/IT Director, Indiana University School of Public Health
Bernadette de Leon, GISP is currently a PhD student and the IT director at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington. She has developed and taught GIS courses at both the undergraduate- and the graduate-level as an adjunct instructor, and she was certified as a GISP in 2013. When she completes her PhD, she wants to combine her IT management background with GIS in an educational role.

Speakers
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Andrew Curtis, PhD

Co-Director of GIS/Health & Hazards Lab, Kent State University
Andrew Curtis is the current Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University and is a former Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies designed to reduce health disparities. 
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Faisal Mohammed

Ph.D Student/Research Technician, The University of the West Indies
Research Technician for Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. | Graduate Student in the Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine pursuing Ph.D in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry. | Modelling the Characteristics of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) along Motorways in a Tropical Climate 
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Abdulkader Murad, Ph.D

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia, Professor
Prof. Abdulkader A. Murad is a Fallow at the Charted Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, FCInstCES. Currently, he is the GIS and IT Advisor for the Vice President for projects in king AbdulAziz University and a Professor of GIS in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at King AbdulAziz University. Previous to this, he was Vice Dean for research at the faculty of Environmental Design and the Chairman of the Department of Urban... Read More →
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Jacob Opadeyi, PhD, MBA, FRICS

Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of West Indies
Dr. Opadeyi has a PhD in Land Management and a Masters of Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada; an MSc and a BSc in Surveying from the University of Lagos in Nigeria; an Executive MBA from the UWI. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) awarded him a certificate in flood hazard mapping, modeling and monitoring. Dr. Opadeyi has received an extensive array of academic awards and fellowships. He served... Read More →



Thursday June 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

3:00pm

Using Social Media in Health
Location-based social media contains a wealth of data freely available to everyone. When combined with GIS this data allows for new insights into health issues whether tracking the spread of disease or assessing public perceptions of environmental health issues.  This session focuses on the barriers and opportunities for the use of location-based social media applications and crowdsourcing as methods of extracting and analyzing data.

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

  • Analysis of the Relationship Between City Image and Perception of Smell in an Urban Environment
    Junyoung Choi, Research Fellow (Ph.D), Land and Housing Institute, Daejeon, South Korea
    Wansoo Im, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN United States
  • Using FrackMap (a Harvard WorldMap) to Explore Peer-reviewed Literature Topics and Public Perceptions Expressed in Twitter Conversations
    Nathalie DeMarcellis-Warin, Visiting Scientist, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA United States
  • The Problems with Using Geocoded Tweets for Health Research
    Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA United States

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Philadelphia, PA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability
Eugene Brusilovskiy is currently the Director of Data Analytics at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. He also directs the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability at Temple University. Eugene holds a Masters Degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the use of innovative technologies and analytical tools to examine the predictors of various psychosocial... Read More →
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Junyoung Choi, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Korea Land and Housing corp.
Dr. CHOI, JUNYOUNG obtained a master and Ph.D. degree in urban planning from Hanyang university. After that, he worked at urban information research center and research group for mass transit reform in Seoul Institute from 2001 to 2003 and then policy research center in Korea Local Information research and Development(KLID) until 2006. From 2006, he participated in the various national projects and researches on urban development, housing... Read More →
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Nathalie DeMarcellis-Warin

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health
Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, PhD, is Visiting Scientist at Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. She is Full Professor at Polytechnique Montreal, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering and Vice-President Risk Management and Sustainable Development at CIRANO Research Center (Canada). She is part of the FrackMap Project (WorldMap at Harvard University).
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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 →



Thursday June 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Networking Reception
Thursday June 2, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Foyer
 
Friday, June 3
 

8:30am

Patterns of Community Health and Wellbeing

Session presentations will highlight the use of GIS to examine the intersection of health and socio-geographic factors. GIS-based evaluations are supporting the identification of differences in health outcomes associated with variations in the availability of community resources and social capital.

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


  • The Relationship Between Resource Availability and Accessibility with Community Participation Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses
    Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability, Temple University,Philadelphia, PA United States
  • Using a Rurality Classification System to Support Resource Allocation and Decision Making
    Rentonia
    Morton, MPA, Program Manager,  American Cancer Society,Atlanta, GA United States
    Liora Sahar, PHD, GISP, American Cancer Society, Atlanta
    , GA United States
    Kenneth Portier, MS, PHD,
    American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Using GIS for Research
    Latrice Rollins, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment,
    Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA United States

Moderators
Speakers
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Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Philadelphia, PA, Director, Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability
Eugene Brusilovskiy is currently the Director of Data Analytics at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. He also directs the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability at Temple University. Eugene holds a Masters Degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the use of innovative technologies and analytical tools to examine the predictors of various psychosocial... Read More →
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Rentonia Morton, MPA

Program Manager, American Cancer Society
Rentonia Morton is a Program Manager in the Statistics & Evaluation Center (SEC), located at the national headquarters of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role she serves as the lead for providing evaluation support to cancer prevention and survivorship programs, and serves as a member of the department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) team which actively explores how to use spatial analysis to better understand... Read More →
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Latrice Rollins, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment, Morehouse School of Medicine
Latrice Rollins is a social worker and evaluation generalist.  She provides evaluation management and support for academic and community-based programs focused on public health workforce development programs, and reducing health disparities in various areas, including behavioral health, sexual health, and chronic disease.  She has also worked for and evaluated healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs.  She served as... 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 →



Friday June 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Lafayette Park, 2nd Floor

8:30am

Power Tools for Community Health
This session will present tools and methods developed to integrate data on social, economic, political, infrastructure and other community health factors and evaluate their influence on health outcomes. Examples of tools developed for local, regional, and state level evaluations will be reviewed. Presenters will share the process of creating and deploying these tools that evaluate health, environment and livability data using different technologies and platforms.

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


  • The Community Vital Signs API
    Jennifer Rankin, PhD, Senior Manager, Research and Product Services, HealthLandscape, Washington, DC  United States
  • Examining Health, Environment, and Livability through Partnerships and an Interactive Platform
    Carla Jones, Research Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA United States
  • Innovative Public Health GIS Efforts  Examples from Vermont
    Peter Young, MA-Geography, GISP, GIS Manager, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington, VT United States

Moderators
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Mighty Fine

Deputy Director, Center for Professional Development & Partnerships, American Public Health Association

Speakers
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Carla Jones

Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology
Carla Jones is a Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She researches the intersection of human health and the built and natural environments. | | She works closely with her advisor, Dr. Nisha Botchwey, on the CDC-funded Partnerships to Improving Community Health initiative in Fulton County, Georgia and the NSF-funded Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for... Read More →
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Jennifer Rankin, PhD

Senior Manager, Research and Product Services, HealthLandscape
Dr. Rankin joined HealthLandscape in March 2015. Prior to this, she served as the Geospatial Informatics Senior Analyst for the Robert Graham Center. She directs geospatial projects for HealthLandscape, most notably the UDS Mapper. Her career has focused on issues related to primary care and access to care, with a special interest in the geography of access to health care. She has worked with the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Texas... Read More →
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Pete Young, MA, GISP

GIS Manager, Vermont Dept. of Health
Pete Young, GISP, M.A. in Geography, University of Vermont | | Pete Young is an applied geographer with extensive experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. In addition to working as the Vermont Department of Health's GIS Manager, Pete also teaches part-time at the University of Vermont. Pete’s past experience includes independent consulting work from 2000 to 2012 that focused on public health and community... Read More →



Friday June 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Franklin Park AB, Lobby Level

8:30am

The Effects of Crime and Place
It has long been established that place matters with respect to the opportunity for crime and the response to crime when it occurs. Presentations in this session will explore how geospatial data can provide robust information about the places crime occurs and the sometimes subtle contextual factors that contribute to crime, as well as the resources available to those most vulnerable to its effects.

Attendance at this session will offer 1.5 AICP credits, pending approval
  • Context and Spatial Nuance inside a Neighborhood's Drug Hotspot:  Implications for the Crime-Health Nexus
    Andrew
    Curtis, PhD, Full Professor,Kent State University, Kent, OH United States
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Services in Miami-Dade County, Florida
    Jaclyn Verity, Undergraduate Student, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL United States
  • Fine Scale Built Environment Changes and the Impact on Crime: Holy Cross Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA 2011-2015
    Thomas Veldman, Kent State University, Kent, OH United States

Moderators
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Andrew Curtis, PhD

Co-Director of GIS/Health & Hazards Lab, Kent State University
Andrew Curtis is the current Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University and is a former Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies designed to reduce health disparities. 

Speakers
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Thomas Veldman

Kent, OH, Kent State University
PhD Candidate in Geography at Kent State with a research focus on GIS, Crime, and Urban, Health and Medical Geographies.
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Jaclyn Verity

Undergraduate Student, University of Miami
Jaclyn Verity is an Undergraduate Student at the University of Miami, studying Health Geographics and Religious Studies. Her research interests include women's health, maternal and child health, and urban planning.



Friday June 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Farragut Square, Lower Level

10:00am

Coffee Break & Networking
Friday June 3, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Hamilton Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

At the Intersection of Transportation and Health
Planning and public health professionals have increasingly focused on the linkages between transportation and health. Presentations from this session will dive into the finer details of how GIS can support ADA reviews, pedestrian safety studies and bike share suitability analyses and highlight a multi-year collaboration between USDOT and CDC to create the “Transportation and Health Tool” to inform policy decisions and promote local exploration into the data behind the tool.

Attendance at this session will offer 1.5 AICP credits, pending approval

  • Roadway Intersection Characteristics and Pedestrian Safety: Are They Related?
    Jasmin Kim, Master's Student, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA United States
  • Transitioning to ArcGIS Online: ADA Curb Ramp Inspection Program
    Elizabeth Morris, GISP, GIS Analyst, JMT Technology Group, Washington, DC United States
  • Geographic Analysis of the Philadelphia Indego Bike Share Program by Various Transportation Demographics
    Randy Aviado, MPH, Student, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA United States
  • The Transportation and Health Tool: Establishing Measures and Data to Support Planning, Policy Decisions to Integrate Transportation and Health
    Ann Steedly, Chief Operations Officer, Planning Communities, LLC, Raleigh, NC

 


Moderators
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →

Speakers
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Randy Aviado, MPH

Ph.D Student, Thomas Jefferson University
Randy Aviado is originally from Dover, Delaware.  He graduated from Georgetown University in 2013 with a degree in Chemistry.  During his undergraduate career, he co-founded the Global Medical Brigade chapter at Georgetown, an organization committed to providing sustainable healthcare to rural communities in Honduras, Panama, and Ghana.  He is now pursuing a Masters of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University.  His... Read More →
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Jasmin Kim

Master's Student, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Jasmin Kim is a second year student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at UCLA concentrating in transportation planning and design & development. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego and she spent some time in the past assisting various redevelopment and non-profit agencies (i.e. City of San Diego and Los Angeles).
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Elizabeth Morris, GISP

GIS Analyst, JMT Technology Group
Elizabeth Morris is a GIS Analyst with the JMT Technology Group in Washington, DC and an MPH candidate at George Mason University.
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Ann Steedly

Chief Operations Officer, Planning Communities, LLC
Ann Steedly is a founding partner with Planning Communities, a women-owned multi-disciplinary planning firm. She has 20 years of experience managing infrastructure, environmental and socioeconomic studies. Ann has expertise in multimodal transportation, community and recreational planning, Title VI and Environmental Justice and has led research, training, process improvements and projects for state Departments of Transportation, FHWA, National... Read More →



Friday June 3, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

10:30am

Exposing Community Health Risks through GIS
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

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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

10:30am

Geospatial-based Health Advocacy, Education, and Interventions
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

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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

12:00pm

Lunch on your own
Friday June 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton Ballroom, Lower Level

1:00pm

GIS and Cancer: Research, Surveillance & Patient Outcomes
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).


Panelists:
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     



Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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

1:00pm

Making Health Measures Count
GIS-based metrics are assisting communities in developing more targeted healthcare strategies and interventions. This session highlights a publicly available tool developed to compare health metrics related to mortality and morbidity between county, state and national levels and against user-specified thresholds and an analytical approach to use GIS data to generate age-stratified social and medical vulnerability scores and evaluate patterns and interactions between these areas in a multi-county region. 

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


  • Population Health Mapper: Assessing Health Indicator Targets
    Dave Grolling, MPSGIS, GIS Strategist, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC United States
  • A GIS Approach to Identifying Socially and Medically Vulnerable Older Adult Populations in South Florida
    Justin Stoler, PhD, University of Miami, Department of Geography, Coral Gables, FL United States

Moderators
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Alyssa Randall

GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC
Alyssa research areas of interest include conservation GIS, environmental modeling, coastal management, geostatistics, satellite image processing and environmental impact analysis. Her strong GIS background has allowed her to work on a number of exciting projects such as modeling species, analyzing hydrologic resources, and studying the perception of sea level rise and literacy. Alyssa has completed maps and analyses for the NC Wildlife... Read More →

Speakers
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Dave Grolling, MPSGIS

GIS Strategist, HealthLandscape
David Grolling joined HealthLandscape in January 2016. His primary responsibilities include managing the geospatial data for the UDS Mapper, producing special purpose maps, and programming. He has experience in GIS, spatial analysis, veteran’s health data and military health records, data management and quality, and user acceptance testing. His research interests include public health, infectious disease epidemiology, and HIV/AIDS. He earned an... Read More →
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Justin Stoler, PhD, MPH

University of Miami
Dr. Justin Stoler is Assistant Professor of Geography and Regional Studies, and Public Health Sciences, at the University of Miami. His research explores the geographic patterns of urban health disparities, particularly in the developing world, and environmental influences on social and behavioral epidemiology.



Friday June 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level

1:00pm

Protecting the Health of Mother and Baby
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

Moderators
Speakers
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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

2:15pm

Closing Session: GIS and Mapping Support for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

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)

Panelists

  • 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

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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