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Early Registration Discounts for URISA's GIS in Public Health Conference

May 13, 2013 (Des Plaines, IL) -- The deadline for early registration discounts for URISA's Fourth GIS in Public Health Conference is fast approaching (May 15). The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, June 17-20, 2013. Discounted hotel rates are also available to conference attendees through May 27.

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 conference is honored to welcome Dr. Estella Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, FACP, GISP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, University of California Davis as the opening keynote speaker. She will address Big Data and Public Health in her remarks.

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, discussing the important topic of  "Health, Disasters and Crime: Working geospatially at the “scale” of intervention". This presentation will focus on two topical areas linked by a field-based spatial technologies and analytical perspective: 1) the disasters and health nexus and 2) gun-related violence in “typical” US cities.

The event is led by long-time program committee member, Jason K. Blackburn, PhD, Emerging Pathogens Institute & Department of Geography at the University of Florida. The educational program was developed through a peer review of submissions received through a Call for Presentations. Important preconference courses will be taught on Monday, June 17:

Dozens of speakers from across the globe will discuss topics ranging from health care access and technology applications to environmental and chronic disease mapping and modeling:

The poster session is certainly a highlight of the conference, with nearly 30 participants demonstrating their research including:

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,
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