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A Research Symposium organized by:
International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Other Co-Sponsors:

  • The International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
  • The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)
  • The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
  • The AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group

Where: At the Joint Meetings of the AAG and International Society of Urban Health (ISUH)

  • AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco: March 29-April 2, 2016
  • ISUH Annual Meeting, San Francisco: April 1-4, 2016
  • Joint ISUH and AAG Geography and Urban Health Symposium, San Francisco: April 1-2, 2016
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The International Society for Urban Health and the Association of American Geographers are pleased to announce a joint international symposium on Geography and Urban Health, to foster inter-disciplinary and international collaborations in team science, geodesign for healthy urban environments, GIScience advances in health research and technology transfer, and geographic or biomedical research which addresses global health needs.

Sessions for the Joint ISUH and AAG Symposium will be held on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 within the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The AAG Annual Meeting will begin on March 29, 2016. We seek to bring together national and international scholars, practitioners, and policy makers from different specialties, institutions, sectors, and continents to share ideas, findings, methodologies, and technologies, and to establish, and strengthen personal connections, communication channels, and research collaborations and networks.

On Friday, April 1, there will be a Joint Plenary Session that will have strong appeal to health geographers and urban health researchers, population health researchers, and biomedical researchers. The Plenary will be followed by a Reception for those attending the Plenary Session.

We welcome papers on all aspects of urban and global health, as well as health and medical geography – most broadly defined – and their intersections with other branches of geography or GIScience. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Research Collaborations

  • Scientific collaborations in geography and urban health
  • urban health and heath geography
  • Collaborating to advance global urban health policy

Environmental Health

  • Disease mapping
  • Assessment of the impact of environmental exposures (physical and/or social) on health
  • Exposure monitoring utilizing real-time GPS/GIS methods
  • EcoGeographic genetic epidemiology: gene-environment interactions
  • Disease ecologies

Global or International Health

  • Health issues in the Global South
  • Development and health
  • Health development and displaced populations
  • International perspectives on maternal and child health

Infectious and Communicable Diseases

  • Infectious diseases and their relations to climate change
  • Spatiotemporal modeling of infectious and communicable diseases

Health Behaviors

  • Mobilities and health
  • Spatial analysis of substance abuse and treatment
  • Social environments and mental health

Healthcare Service

  • Accessibility of healthcare services and its optimization
  • Healthcare provision, access, and utilization
  • Health disparities and inequalities
  • Global health research and public health initiatives

Methodologies and Technologies

  • Methodological issues in health research (e.g., MAUP, UGCoP)
  • Spatial uncertainties in health studies
  • CyberGIS and high performance computing in health studies
  • Geospatial big data and health
  • Crowd sourcing of geospatial data for health research
  • mHealth and global health service delivery initiatives

To submit an abstract to this symposium:

  • Register for the conference at
  • During abstract submission select “Geography and Urban Health” as the Primary Topic
  • In the space for “Special Request” add a note that the abstract submitted is intended for the Geography and Urban Health Symposium
  • When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: geohealth [at] aag [dot] org

To submit a session to this symposium please forward your session confirmation email to geohealth [at] aag [dot] org.

The abstract deadline for papers submitted to this symposium is October 29, 2015.

Registration in either conference allows access to BOTH conferences (AAG and ISUH) as well as the joint plenary.

For more information, please visit or contact members of the Symposium’s Scientific Committee at geohealth [at] aag [dot] org.

Scientific Committee of the Joint AAG-ISUH Geography and Urban Health Symposium:

Yonette Thomas (Chair) (Senior Advisor, AAG; Scientific Advisor on Urban Health to the New York Academy of Medicine)

Mei-Po Kwan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Mark Rosenberg (Queens University, Canada)

Alex Ross (WHO Center for Health Development, Kobe, Japan)

Gerard Salem (University of Paris Nanterre, France)

Xun Shi (Dartmouth College, USA)

Susan Thompson (The University of New South Wales, Australia)

David Vlahov (University of California, San Francisco, USA)

Blaise Nguendo Yongsi (University of Yaounde II, Sao, Cameroon)