2019 Place & Health Conference Agenda

November 14-15, 2019 I Atlanta, GA

Dates and Location

2019 Place & Health Conference

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:30-4:30pm

Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Roybal Campus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA

In-Person GIS Trainings

Friday, November 15, 2019, 9am-4pm

Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, Roybal Campus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA


The 2019 Place & Health Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance will be posted at a later date. This year’s conference will include keynote speakers, presentations, lightning talks, panel discussions, and a map gallery.

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Conference Theme: Vulnerable Populations

The theme this year is domestic and global vulnerable populations. Through the application of geospatial technology and methods we can increase our understanding of the locations where disasters or disease occurrence may have a disproportionate effect on the health of the population. This knowledge can be used to enhance health promotion, disease prevention, and emergency preparedness activities which are the essence of public health.

In-Person GIS Trainings

GeoSWG will host an additional day of training on Friday, November 15, 2019. Complete the conference registration to register for an in-person training.

Training 1: ESRI Online GIS – Web GIS, Field Mobility, Apps & Dashboards, and ArcGIS PRO

9am – 4pm EST, Room 131, Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, Roybal Campus

Capacity: 20

Training 2: DHARMA Mobile Data Collection

9am – 4pm EST, Room 139, Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, Roybal Campus

Capacity: 25

Come learn about Dharma Platform – an impact-first data management platform that helps collect ground truth data in it’s mobile, offline/online platform. During this training, you’ll learn about creating no-code data instruments, deploying those instruments to mobile devices, tracking staff’s data collection, exploring data visualizations in real time and how ground truth data can impact your organization’s mission and strategies.

Dharma Platform’s Impact First Certified Administrator Program (IFCA) will equip you with the knowledge it takes to make a strategic impact on your organization using Dharma Platform. Completing this one day course  you will walk away with extensive knowledge on how to configure and administer the  Dharma Platform. During this training, we will also explain our ImpactFirst methodology and how our mantra of  “Good Data Saves Lives” can influence all parts of your team.

Keynote Speaker

GeoSWG is proud to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Lois Takahashi.

Lois M. Takahashi is Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Director of the USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento. She was President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2015-2017). At UCLA, she was Interim Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (2015-2016), Associate Dean for Research at the Luskin School (2014-2015), Chair of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning (2011-2013), and Director of the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program (UCAAPI Policy MRP; 2009-2013). She received her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California in 1992, a dual MS in Public Policy and Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987, and an AB in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1985.

Her research interests include HIV prevention for underserved populations, access to social services for populations in need (homelessness and HIV/AIDS), the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome, and community participation and environmental governance in Southeast Asian cities. She was Principal Investigator (with John Chin, Hunter College) on a National Institutes of Health NICHD funded grant (1R21HD074446-01A1) examining the spatial configuration of the massage parlor industry in Los Angeles and New York City. She is also a member of research teams studying the neighborhood dimensions of access to HIV treatment and care (Chandra Ford/PI, UCLA), and the effects of community violence on adolescent development (Dexter Voisin/PI, University of Toronto).

View Dr. Takahashi’s full bio.