Date: September 9, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Navigation Electronics, Inc. (NEI)
4275 Shackleford Rd., Suite 175
Norcross, Ga. 30093
Geospatial Thinking into Public Health Program and Research – An American Cancer Society Perspective
American Cancer Society (ACS) staff engage in a variety of activities to support cancer patients, survivors and caregivers and influence cancer policies in the US. National non-profit programs, such as those in ACS, have not typically used geospatial analysis in targeting resource allocation and implementing services, advocacy activities and research funding. Many ACS programs utilize volunteers and staff, and require effective communication methodologies for successful planning, delivery and evaluation. Advanced spatial analysis and modeling are used to help target program delivery to focus populations. As an evidence-based, non-profit organization, establishing robust geospatial analysis and visualization in both research and programs, enables informed decision making and better planning and resource allocation. We will describe and discuss current program implementation, GIS science and technology used to support the organization needs and the vision for continued geospatial program development.
Biography: Liora Sahar, PhD, is the Director of Evaluation Informatics within the Statistics & Evaluation Center in the Intramural Research Department at the American Cancer Society. The focus of her work within society programs is to engage in geospatial research with application to ACS mission and income decision making. As a geodetic engineer and a GIS Professional (GISP), she also supports daily activities of ACS programs and units by analyzing spatial data and geo-coded databases to produce maps and reports.
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