International Health Geographics Conference 2000
March 2000, Washington, DC, USA
Background: This is the second International Health Geographics
Conference (IHGC 2K), building upon the very successful First IHGC held
in October 1998.The First IHGC, principally sponsored by Johns Hopkins
University and ESRI, Inc., brought together professionals with a common
interest in the spatial aspects of health, whether as program directors,
academics, end-users, or anywhere within the broad spectrum of
commonality between GIS and Health.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have evolved as an empowering
technology, enabling the health geographics professional to use, analyze
and present information in ways not possible with textual and numerical
information systems (e.g., word processors, data bases, spreadsheets).
With GIS, the user is able to analyze the spatial and pattern
information inherent in geographically based health data. In comparison
with other relevant technologies, GIS offers greater awareness and
ability to respond to health care, medical and research issues at the
appropriate scale. The robustness of GIS is illustrated best by a
diverse variety applications: space/time cluster analysis, spatial
trends, siting of facilities, modeling heterogeneity with covariates,
optimizing delivery of goods and services, predicting risk, exposure
assessment, identifying at-risk populations and defining corrective
interventions, image classification, spatial reasoning and cognition,
spatial multimedia, animation, visualization, correlations and so on.
Purpose of Conference: The International Health Geographics Conference
2000 (IHGC 2K) will bring together people from many different
disciplines who share a common foundation: the geographic aspects of
health. IHGC 2K will foster dialogue between: doctors, medical
researchers, epidemiologists, environmental scientists, geographers,
geologists, computer scientists, statisticians, hydrologists,
entomologists, toxicologists, ecologists, archaeologists, business
managers, regulators, and indeed, all those appreciative of the links
between GIS and health.
This year, one of the primary areas of focus will be spatial
statistics. The program of the overall meeting will be unrestricted
within the domain of GIS and health; we seek to [promote] continue and
enhance the international dialogue and shared learning that was
overwhelmingly acknowledged in the first IHGC through the presentation
and discussion of high-quality research and applications. There are a
variety of disciplines already identified to lead us towards this aim;
case examples from Managed Care/Insurance, Epidemiology, Demography,
Environmental Health, Infrastructure/Facilities Management, Emergency
Systems, Medicine, Web-based GIS, Community Health Status and others
will be integrated with Methods and Processes focusing on Data
Creation/Acquisition, Spatial & Statistical Analysis, Data
Dissemination/Presentation, Automated Systems, and Health Information
Management to provide a uniquely informative and enjoyable experience
***We would like to invite participants for the Scientific Committee;
suggestions for Session Chairs (as well as suggestions for Session
Topics); and themes for both this conference as well as the next one
(the 3rd IHGC).****
Details about IHGC/2K as well as the first IHGC will be found at
our the IHGC website at http://www.jhsph.edu/ihgc
You can now submit your abstract online!
Please contact the co-chairs with any questions:
Omar A. Khan
Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health
New Jersey Dept. of Health & Senior Services
We look forward to your participation!
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