URISA's GIS in Public Health Conference Program Announced
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URISA's GIS in Public Health Conference Program Announced

Des Plaines, IL, April 16, 2013 -- URISA is pleased to announce its Fourth GIS in Public Health Conference. The conference will take place in Miami, Florida, June 17-20, 2013 and is chaired by long-time program committee member, Jason K. Blackburn, PhD, Emerging Pathogens Institute & Department of Geography at the University of Florida. This biennial conference has been previously presented in New Orleans (2007), Providence (2009) and Atlanta (2011) and was established to provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.The educational program was developed through a peer review of submissions received through a Call for Presentations. The broad conference theme for the 2013 event is: Geospatial tools for understanding health issues related to the environment, human population, and animal populations and the intersections of the three.

Preconference courses will be taught on Monday, June 17:

  • An Overview of Open Source GIS Software
  • Detecting Clusters of Adverse Health Outcomes using SaTScan™
  • Geospatial Data Collection for Micro-Environments and Multiple Time Periods: The Use of Spatial Video

The conference is honored to welcome Mei-Po Kwan (Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as the opening keynote speaker. She will address GIS Methods for Analyzing GPS Data: Applications in Neighborhood and Health Research.

Dozens of speakers from across the globe will discuss such topics as:

The poster session is an important feature of the conference, with nearly 30 participants demonstrating their research on such important topics as:

Dr. Andrew Curtis, Director of the GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University will provide the closing keynote address on Thursday, June 20.

Early registration discounts are available until May 15 and sponsorship opportunities are plentiful.

For specific conference details and participation options, visit   http://www.urisa.org/2013health


Wendy Nelson
URISA Executive Director
Tel: 847/824-6300 
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