Colloquium with Andrew Curtis, GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University


Join us for the first colloquium of 2019 as we welcome Andrew Curtis on Tuesday, January 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in COOR 5536 for his talk "Mapping health disparities at the scale of intervention: How field-based geospatial technologies can contextualize more traditional data."

About the talk:

Andrew Curtis focuses on how we can enrich spatial data with context by collecting more relevant data that can help explain the why and when events occur and not just where. To do this he has developed two spatial field techniques; a ubiquitous spatial video (SV) method and the spatial video geonarrative (SVG). Both use GPS encoded video to capture environments, usually by car or by walking. New software can display these videos while facilitating basic mapping and other spatial tasks such as GPS correction. SV has been used across the United States to map challenging environments including post disaster damage and recovery, blighted urban landscapes, and marginalized communities. Overseas, SV has been applied to map mosquito environments, access to clean water, and health risks in informal settlements. SVG enriches these data further by adding a narrative, either from a resident or an expert / service provider. Commentaries are mapped using software that can turn spatially located descriptions into data points. This approach has been used to explore overdose patterns, health impacts on marginalized populations, exposure to violence, and community perspectives on health care access. Both techniques capture the bottom-up perspective which allows for more geographically and culturally appropriate intervention. This talk will provide an overview of these methods drawing examples from the various domestic and international projects he is involved with.

About the speaker:

Andrew Curtis (GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University) is a former Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work uses geospatial technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies.


Tuesday, January 22 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
COOR 5536