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Aug. 30, 2006

Rushton To Speak On Use Of GIS In Public Health Sept. 6

Gerard Rushton, University of Iowa professor of geography, will present "Geographical Information System (GIS) Applications for Public Health" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI campus. The program is free and open to the public, and also will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web.

Rushton's main research interests are in the applications of GIS and geospatial data to problems of public health. He is particularly interested in how the burdens of disease fall unequally on different population groups and geographic regions.

In this presentation, Rushton will discuss how geospatial linkages of health data to other information, when used with methods of spatial analysis, can be used to guide public health interventions. He will define several key GIS functions and describe how GIS applications can be used in public health, including targeting health resources, identifying unusual outbreaks of disease and enabling public discussions of health problems.

This program is part of the fall 2006 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) also will be showing the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site,

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,