The deadline to submit abstracts has passed. To be considered for a late submission, please scroll down for late submission instructions.
Members of the 2013 Program Committee will conduct a thorough peer review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations and will systematically develop the program based upon those submissions. The range of focal areas for the URISA GIS in Public Health Conference is broad, reflecting the varied areas of interest those engaged in both research and practice in public health.
We welcome submission of individual papers, sessions, and posters in any area that meets the general criteria:
Broad conference theme: Geospatial tools for understanding health issues related to the environment, human population, and animal populations and the intersections of the three.
Submit an abstract (no more than 250 words, no images) via the online submission form. You will be asked to categorize (and subcategorize) your topic and also indicate the presentation format which will best fit your presentation.
First, you will be asked to select a main theme for your abstract from one of the following:
To further detail your submission, you will be asked to select the most appropriate subcategories within each of the thematic areas as noted below:
Disease Ecology & Environment
- Disease Ecology - such topics as vector ecology, parasitic diseases, pathogen reservoirs and pathogen persistence
- One Health - Human Health topics (chronic diseases like cancer, obesity & diabetes and HIV), other communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and public health applications; Built Environment & Neighborhood Effects (including food environment); Animal Health (livestock and wildlife diseases) and Zoonoses (human/livestock/wildlife interface).
- Environmental monitoring including water quality, pollution, waste management, and air quality
Geospatial/GIS Applications & Techniques
- Spatio-temporal modeling - topics such as prospective surveillance (syndromic surveillance) and retrospective analysis
- Data mining
- Predictive modeling - spatial regression; ecological niche & species distribution modeling; and other modeling techniques/methods
- Web-based applications - participatory; Mobile GIS; spatial decision support systems
Health Care Services, Delivery & Access
- Health services - health care delivery; health care access; health care disparities; program monitoring and evaluation;community epidemiology and public health preparedness
Once you have indicate the category that best represents your abstract, you will be asked to supply no more than 3-5 keywords to further facilitate the review process.
The 2013 Conference Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panels, and posters. You will be asked to indicate the presentation format that is best suited for your proposal when you submit your abstract (note that the committee may ask you to reconsider your preferred format to fit the program needs).
The online submission form was deactivated as of February 12 (deadline date was February 11). To be considered as a late submission, please send an email addressing all of the items noted above (thematic areas, keywords, format, etc.) along with complete contact information to Pat Francis at your earliest opportunity.
Presenters whose proposals are accepted are expected to submit written papers for publication in the Conference Proceedings. If PowerPoint or slide presentations are submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings, a narrative description must accompany them. The final version of your presentation is due on the day it is presented to attendees at the conference. It can be provided on CD Rom or by thumb drive transfer on site at the conference.
All accepted presenters must register and pay the standard conference registration fee. Note that there are no travel nor registration scholarships for this conference.