URISA's 2016 GIS and Health Symposium

Mapping the Way to Healthy Communities
June 1-3, 2016 - Washington, DC

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The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), invites you to the 2016 GIS and Health Symposium. The theme for this year's Symposium is “Mapping the Way to Healthy Communities”.  

Symposium Schedule - details about sessions, workshops, speakers and events. Start planning your participation!

Certification Credits

The Symposium has been approved for up to 22 CPH credits by the American Public Health Association and has submitted more than 40 AICP-CM credits to the American Institute of Certified Planners. In addition, attendance at the Symposium counts toward education points for GIS professional certification or renewal (GISP).  

Sponsorship Information

There will not be an exhibition associated with the Symposium.
Sponsorship opportunities are available  to allow opportunities to connect with this informed and enthusiastic audience. 

Download Sponsorship Prospectus

On-line Sponsorship Prospectus form

If you would like to discuss other opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact URISA (847/824-6300, wnelson@urisa.org)

Symposium Committee

The 2016 GIS and Health Symposium is directed by a phenomenal group of professionals who volunteer their expertise, time and enthusiasm to the production of this event. 

Symposium Chair: Teresa Townsend, AICP (Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC)

  • Stephen Berry, GISP (Clark County, KY)
  • Andrew Curtis, PhD (Kent State University)
  • Bernadette deLeon, PhDc (Indiana University)
  • Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, FACP, GISP (Esri, Redlands, CA)
  • Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH (Delaware Academy of Medicine and the Delaware Public Health Association)
  • Wansoo Im, PhD (Vertices & Rutgers University)
  • Carl Kinkade, GISP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA)
  • Russell Kirby, PhD, MS (University of South Florida)
  • Imelda Moise, PhD, MPH (University of Miami, FL)
  • Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz, PhD (University  of Illinois)
  • Alyssa Randall (Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC)
  • Kate Robb (American Public Health Association, Washington, DC)
  • Liora Sahar, PhD, GISP (American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA)
  • Ann Steedly, P.E. (Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC)
  • Jim Tobias, MSc, GISP (Northrup Grumman/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA)

Registration & Venue

Full Registration includes the Symposium Proceedings, one hosted luncheon, and networking reception. Attendance at a pre-symposium workshop will require an additional fee. The registration fee for a single day registration includes the Symposium Proceedings, attendance at the educational sessions and networking events for that day only. 

Note that URISA and APHA members receive a significant discount on registration.

For budgeting purposes (US Dollars):

  • Regular rate (May 10-May 27 ) -  Full-time Student: $100  / Member: $450 / Nonmember: $550
  • Onsite Rate (after May 27 and onsite) - Full-time Student: $100  / Member: $500 / Nonmember: $600

Pre-Symposium Workshops on Wednesday, June 1 are detailed here. Four half-day workshops are offered. The fee to attend a workshop is:

  • Half-day: $95 for URISA or APHA members/$125 for nonmembers


Venue: The Symposium will take place at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005. Take the Orange or Blue Line to the McPherson Square Station; exit the station using the 14th Street/Franklin Square Exit; walk North 1 block. We have negotiated an attractive conference rate of $189 plus tax (including internet access). (Note that the rate is well below the government per diem of $226.) 

  • Deadline for reservations: May 9, 2016, or until the reserved block is sold out. Reservation requests after this cutoff date are subjected to availability.
  • Reserve your room today:
    Book online via this link: URISA 2016   
    Guests can also make accommodations through the Central Reservations’ line (877-424-2449), and use the group code “ISA.”  

Phenomenal Location: Located right in the heart of Washington D.C., the Hamilton is just minutes from all the best our nation’s capital has to offer. The Smithsonian, the White House, the National Mall and countless other cultural and historical monuments are within walking distance of our front door.  

Conference Partners

URISA - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is an independent, not-for-profit 501c(3) organization established in 1966. URISA fosters excellence in GIS through its programs, guiding and supporting GIS professionals throughout their careers. www.urisa.org 

APHA - APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. www.apha.org 

View 2013 Conference Program

Conference History 

URISA is pleased to present this symposium to explore the many uses of GIS for public health access, processes, and decision-making.  The conference was developed as a result of a high level of interest in the 'public health program track' presented at URISA's annual conference for several years.  A dedicated committee of well-known and respected professionals in the field have spearheaded this effort to create a specialty educational event to promote sharing of information and networking within the Public Health & GIS community. The inaugural conference took place in May 2007 in New Orleans.  In 2009, the conference was presented in Providence, Rhode Island; in 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia; and in Miami in June 2013. It is guided and organized by an esteemed group of professionals.  Without their expertise and enthusiasm, this conference would not be possible. 

Conference Vision: To provide an open and participatory forum for  advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information systems technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.


Blue Marble
eGIS Associates, Inc.
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
North West Geomatics
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters