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GEOSTATS: First International Health Geographics Conference

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  • Gregoire Dubois
    Preliminary Announcement First International Health Geographics Conference October 16-18 1998 Venue: The Maritime Institute of Technology, Baltimore, Maryland,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 1998
      Preliminary Announcement

      First International Health Geographics Conference
      October 16-18 1998
      Venue: The Maritime Institute of Technology, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


      The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
      Environmental Systems Research Institute, (ESRI), Inc.
      (Additional Sponsors/Supporters Invited)

      Background: The broad field of health care is increasingly intertwined
      global information issues, and thus involves the integration of many
      disciplines. A significant and important characteristic of health and
      information is the geographic relevance on the macroscale (e.g., nationwide
      access to health care, control of malaria, or climatic effects on disease),
      the mesoscale (e.g., regional emergency services, local access to health
      facilities), and microscale (e.g., managing the treatment of melanoma on
      human body). As the needs of the various health fields have grown in size,
      scope and complexity, so too has the information technology necessary to
      capture/acquire, manage, analyze, present and otherwise support the
      in ways that increase our knowledge base of the problems and issues
      us, and inform sound actions based on this information.

      Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have evolved as an empowering
      enabling the health geographics professional to use, analyze and present
      information in ways not possible with textual and numerical information
      (e.g., word processors, data bases, spreadsheets). With GIS, the user is
      to analyze the spatial and pattern information inherent in the
      based health data. In comparison with other relevant technologies, GIS
      greater awareness and ability to respond to health care, medical and
      issues at the appropriate scale. The robustness of GIS is illustrated
      best by
      a diverse variety applications: space/time cluster analysis, spatial
      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,
      classification, spatial reasoning and cognition, spatial multimedia,
      visualization, correelations and so on.

      Purpose of Conference: The First International Health Geographics
      (IHGC) will comprehensively bring together for the first time people from
      different disciplines who share a common foundation: the geographic
      aspects of
      health. The IHGC will foster dialogue between: doctors, medical
      epidemiologists, environmental scientists, geographers, geologists,
      scientists, statisticians, hydrologists, entomologists, toxicologists,
      ecologists, business managers, regulators, and indeed, all those
      appreciative of
      the links between GIS and health.
      Our focus is unrestricted within the domain of GIS and health; we seek to
      promote international dialogue and shared learning through the presentation
      discussion of high-quality research and applications. There are a variety
      disciplines already identified to lead us towards this aim; case examples
      Managed Care, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Epidemiology, Demography,
      Environmental Health, Infrastructure/Facilities Management, Emergency
      Medicine, Web-based GIS, MIS, Community Health and others will be
      with Methods and Processes focusing on Data Creation/Acquisition, Spatial &
      Statistical Analysis, Data Dissemination/Presentation, Automated Systems,
      Health Information Management to provide a uniquely informative and
      experience for attendees.

      Invited Keynote Speakers:

      Alfred Sommer, MD MHSc, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public
      Health -
      Robert Lawrence, MD, Associate Dean, Professional and Graduate Education,
      Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health
      Jack Dangermond, Chairman, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. -
      John Wennberg, MD MPH, Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth
      Medical School -invited
      Patrick Gerland, UNSTAT
      Others TBA

      Conference Format

      Day 1

      Welcome and conference overview (Ric Skinner, The EADS Group and Omar Khan,
      Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Co-chairs, International Health
      Geographics Conference)

      Keynote speaker -TBA

      Workshop I- Statistical Issues (Chair: Subhash Lele, Johns Hopkins School
      Public Health)

      Workshop II -- Community Health Status Assessment and Interventions (Chair:
      Robert Aronson, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - invited)

      Workshop III * Data to Decision Making (media types, formats, Atlases)
      Bruce Campbell, UNFPA/Royal Tropical Institute)

      Workshop IV * Information technology and Web-based GIS (Chairs: Bill
      ESRI; others TBA)

      Workshop V- Overview of GIS programs (Jayanth Devasundaram, Maryland
      of Health and Mental Hygiene; Patrick Gerland, UNSTAT -invited)

      Workshop VI and VII * Demographic Evaluations, others TBA

      Orientation: evening (IHGC Organizing Committee)
      Discussion Groups:
      - GIS and Geographical Targeting for Poverty Reduction and Rural
      (Facilitator: David Bigman, The World Bank)

      Others TBA

      Day 2

      General Session2: Welcome/keynote: TBA

      Concurrent Sessions:
      I, II, III, IV: Public Health (Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health
      Policy, International Health, Microbiology)
      Chairs: Greg Gurri-Glass, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
      Martin Hugh-Jones, Lousiana State University
      Isabelle Nuttall, WHO -invited
      B. Infrastructure/Facilities Management (TBA)
      C. Medicine/ Veterinary Medicine (Peter Cowen, North Carolina State
      D. Emergency Systems (TBA)

      12:00 - 1:30 p.m. -- Luncheon & Speaker

      1:30 * 4: 30 -- Concurrent Sessions Continue

      4:30 - 6:00 p.m. -- Sponsored Mixer

      6:00 - 7:00 p.m. -- Dinner & Speaker

      7:00 * 9:00 p.m. -- Late Breakers, Discussion Groups:
      - GIS and Development (Facilitator: Omar Khan, Johns Hopkins School of
      - The pitfalls and limitations of applying GIS in developing countries
      (Facilitator: Michael McDonald, BASICS -invited)

      Others TBA

      Day 3

      Keynote speaker *TBA

      8 * 12 : Concurrent sessions

      A. Public Health, I, II, III, IV
      B. Social Services
      C. Community Health
      D. Managed Care and the private health provision sector (Potential Chair:

      12:00 - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch (informal meeting)

      1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Concurrent Sessions Continue

      3:00 - 4:30 p.m. -- General Session: Conference Wrap-up

      IHGC Organizing Committee (confirmed to date; others to be invited):

      Omar Khan, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Co-chair)
      Ric Skinner, The EADS Group (Co-chair)
      Subhash Lele, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
      Jayanth Devasundaram, State of Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
      Tom Usselman, National Academy of Sciences
      Barb Tempalski, University of Washington
      Rowland Tinline, Queen's GIS Lab, Ontario
      Joe Lovett, CA State-San Bernadino
      Susan Lambert, State of Kentucky

      Others to be added between now and final program, Jan 31 1998. We invite
      participation and content reviewers from all relevant fields.

      Submission of papers and posters

      Please forward an abstract of your proposed paper to the below address for
      earliest consideration. Please also indicate your preference for a paper
      poster. In addition, if you have a discussion group you would like to
      form, or
      be part of , from the information in this announcement, write a short
      letter to
      this effect.

      As all the content topics have not been determined, we welcome papers
      to GIS in health. Following your submission the review committee will
      you to make recommendations on sessions and presentation format.

      More information on the IHGC will be sent in late January, 1998.

      Address for correspondence, paper submission and general inquiries:

      International Health Geographics Conference Committee
      C/o Omar A. Khan, Co-Chair
      1600 Ruxton Road, Suite B7
      Baltimore, Maryland 21204

      Email: okhan@...
      PH: 410-659-6149
      FAX: 410-659-6266

      Gregoire Dubois Tel. 39-332-78.99.44
      Joint Research Centre Fax. 39-332-78.54.66
      Environment Inst. TP 321 Email: gregoire.dubois@...
      I-21020 Ispra (Va), ITALY URL: http://curie.ei.jrc.it/
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