Plenary Session

Plenary Session

Esri's 12th Health GIS Conference sets a high standard by striving to deliver messages that inspire as much as to inform. The annual event will introduce new ways to describe the intrinsic value of GIS and provide an opportunity to be inspired by the incredible work of others.

The Plenary will include two distinguished speakers who will transform the way you think and act with GIS—each with a unique approach to leveraging geography for improving health.

Keynote Speaker

Estella M. Geraghty, MD, MPH

Estella M. Geraghty, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
University of California Davis

Geomedicine: A New Way to Leverage Health Information!

Geomedicine was introduced in 2009 has a modern framework for understanding how public health impacts personal health. Dr. Estella M. Geraghty will explore the realities of using geomedicine as the context for the different type of research, analysis, service delivery and usefulness in improving health outcomes.

Este is a clinician researcher in the Division of General Medicine at UC Davis. Her research focuses on using GIS to influence health policy and advance community development programs. She has co-authored research in pesticide exposure modeling, statewide mental health service access, use of tracking systems; assets and disparities in youth outcomes, and youth indices on well-being and vulnerability. Este is also the recipient of the Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology as a part of a team developing electronic medical record data discovery solutions. She also holds degrees in Medical Informatics, Public Health, and is certified as a Public Health Professional (CPHP) and a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).

Featured Speakers

John Brownstein, PhD

John Brownstein, PhD

Harvard Medical School
and Boston Children's Hospital

Health and Social Surveillance: Thoughts about a Collaborative Platform

In an age of incredible information technology the world still struggles—from the poorest to the richest nation–in having real-time data easily accessible and useful when it comes to knowing the health and social care conditions in real-time. Maybe it's not possible but perhaps it is and we simply need to think and act harder on the resources we already have.

Dr. Brownstein, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children's Hospital, will discuss his experience and ideas on how we need to take a much different look at this challenge and perhaps collaborate in a much different way to bring such an idea to reality.

Virginia Estevez Adan, PhD

Virginia Estévez Adán, PhD.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden

Using GIS for infectious diseases prevention and control in Europe

Dr. Estevez works currently as Senior Expert GIS at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Her work at this European institution is focused on developing a GIS competence and tools, besides the establishment and maintenance of close links with national/international bodies working with GIS systems and tools for public health.

This presentation will provide an overview on the main GIS developments performed at ECDC in the last two years. It will include the establishment of geospatial standards for geo-coding and mapping disease data, the ongoing work for the design and implementation of an enterprise GIS, and the description of some GIS activities to support the expert's work of the agency.

Dr. Estevez is a Spanish national, and holds a degree in Geography and a PhD in Environmental Sciences.