Take a look at this interesting map we made on Mappler in collaboration with Planning Communities! The map is full of GIS layers that you can toggle to show various information such as crime, food, recreation, transit, and URISA health data in DC. The picture below shows URISA data marking sidewalks, intersections, homeless locations, and garbage. Visit the map to view all the data ! nj.mapplerx.com/map/urisahealth

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The Russian Influenza in Sweden in 1889-90


Viruses have changed history and are linked to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people over time. They have caused old diseases, such as Yellow Fever, Small Pox and influenza and they are also the cause of emerging diseases, including West Nile virus illness, Dengue fever and HIV/AIDS. The spatial patterns of viruses are often of key interest for control and surveillance.

Lars Skog, from the Royal Institute of Technology, took the time to explain The Russian Influenza in Sweden in 1889-90 at the second annual URISA: GIS in Public Health Conference. From the speech we learned that using data from a study of the 1889-90 Russian flu in Sweden with the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) allowed researchers to improve analyses and presentation of surveillance data. In 1890, immediately after the outbreak, all Swedish doctors were asked to provide information about the start and the peak of the epidemic, and the total number of cases in their region and to fill in a questionnaire on the number, sex and age of infected persons in the households they visited. General answers on the epidemic were received from 398 physicians and data on individual patients were available for more than 32,000 persons. These historic data were all reanalyzed with the use of GIS, in map documents and in animated video sequences, to depict the onset, the intensity and the spread of the disease over time. Having prepared GIS layers of the population (divided into parishes), estimations could be made for all the Swedish parishes on the number of infected persons for each of the 15 weeks studied.

To learn more about this subject matter, please view the indepth analysis.

Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC

2009 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference

2009 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference

2009 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference
August 4-6, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island

Topics for the conference include: Addressing Basics, Coordination, and Standards, which focuses on both the automated and manual aspects and phases associated with administering addresses, including the new FGDC Street Address Data Standard, and preparation for the 2010 Census and LUCA (Local Update of Census Addresses) program. Sessions within this track will provide insight on topics including identifying standards, developing documentation and policy, establishing workflow, collecting inventory and issuing citations.

Emergency Response and 9-1-1 is another topic that will be presented at the program that will focus on projects at the local, state, and Federal levels of effective emergency response using GIS. Presentations in this track demonstrate what is possible when two powerful technologies collaborate for informed emergency response.

Case Studies of GIS Integration with Public Safety will be the final topic discussed and it will focus on presentations from real-life experiences in integration of GIS and public safety technologies; what works and what doesn’t.

For more information or to register, Click Here !
Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring? Click Here!

Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and the Need for Global Surveillance

Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD

Dr. Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, Coordinator of International Veterinary Medicine for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, provided the opening keynote address on Saturday, June 6 at the URISA second annual GIS in Public Health Conference on the topic of: Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and the Need for Global Surveillance.

As keynote speaker, Dr. Brown highlighted key ideas valuable to the world of global infectious disease challenges. Dr. Brown took time to discuss how globalization is changing epidemiology. Because there is an increase in globalized trade and travel between countries, there is becoming less separation of people, animals, and places. Because of this, emerging effects include the spreading of animal and human diseases, e.g., SARS, HPAI, Nipah, BSE. These emerging zoonotic diseases pose a great threat to the world.

Dr. Brown also spent time describing the three “steps” to battling disease in a global context. These steps include each country addressing: (1) surveillance, which refers to “keeping an eye out” for recurring or new disease, (2) will to report, which refers to a country’s decision to formally announce that disease has been found within the country’s borders, and (3) capacity to respond, which involves all sorts of response efforts from education to treatment.

Dr. Brown also informed that the concept of “one medicine,” which has been discussed for decades, has special resonance now, and it is imperative that awareness and response systems between animal and human health be coordinated and integrated, in order to effectively safeguard the global public health.

To learn more, check out this link.

Also take a look at this presentation that relates to the talk she gave at the conference.

Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC

GIS in Public Health Post URISA Conference Website


Ever wanted to know what you miss at the URISA: GIS in Public Health conference every year? Well there is a site that can inform you! The site gives insight to the happenings at the conference and allows you to view pictures, presentations, video, and much more so that you feel as if you were there!! The site is currently being updated, but if you also went to the conference and have information to share, feel free to contact Vertices, LLC!

For more information, please take a look at the site here.

Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC

URISA’s Second GIS in Public Health Conference REMINDER


June 5-8, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island


Click HERE to open/download a registration form

Click HERE for online registration

Early Registration Rates: URISA Member: $295; Nonmember: $395
Preconference Workshops: Member Rate $145; Nonmember Rate: $195

Note: If you wish to register ONLY for a workshop, that option is available. Please use the downloadable form or call URISA staff to register for workshops only!

This year’s conference is sponsored by:

The Institute for Community Research
Research Partnerships for Healthy Communities

Committee member and owner of Vertices LLC – New Brunswick, NJ, Dr. Wansoo Im, will be speaking at the conference this year.

Please check this previous posting for more information.

Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC

URISA’s 2009 GIS in Public Health Conference


URISA’s 2009 GIS in Public Health Conference will be held on June 5-8 in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme for this year is “Putting Health in Place with GIS”. The conference is said to be featuring plenty of full-day workshops, sixty-four presentations, exhibits, a poster session and networking events.

Topics include Pandemic/Avian Flu, Health Disparities and Social Factors in Health, Public Health Epidemiology, Cancer Geographics, and Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and Standards.

For the Complete conference & sponsorship details available online, please visit the following site: http://www.urisa.org/conferences/health

Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC