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Friday, February 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Healing Powers of GIS: Making Communities More Healthy (AICP)

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As our population increases, basic needs such as access to clean water, safe and healthy food, and overall health are becoming a major concern for community leaders. GIS provides the power to help address these issues from a spatial analytical perspective.

  • Wake County's Use of GIS Datasets for Key Decision-Making in the Groundwater and Wells Program
             Dr. Caroline Loop, Wright Lowery
    The ability to successfully eliminate the consumption of contaminated groundwater in Wake County through outreach, testing, and technical services is dependent upon full, accurate, and timely data about contamination sources and movement of contamination into and through groundwater. The County now obtains real-time data on known contamination sites by accessing map services from NC OneMap. North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources data are combined with a layer showing EPA site data and the County's own well location and water quality data. These tools provide staff with important information to make decisions on well permitting, recommended water testing, and prioritization of outreach efforts.

  • Urban Foodsheds and Sustainability
             Christine Hill
    Within the context of a changing climate and resulting economic stressors, there will be an increasing food insecurity. The need to provide food for those who can least afford it will become more important. The possibility of achieving sustainability through the development of urban, and even sub-urban, food sheds is not only an interesting idea, it may become a necessity.

    The idea would be to analyse the area that is available within a defined region, and determine the potential nutritional yield, etc. and related factors. A similar study was done by the University of Chicago several years ago and was published in ArcUser, and I always wondered how our region might compare.

  • GIS and Public Health
             David Toren
    This presentation will highlight and discuss different ways in which GIS is being utilized in regards to public health in Forsyth County.

    Topics discussed will include the different platforms and technologies used, demonstrations of applications and maps that focus on both access to food, walking and exercise and environmental health issues.

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Dianne Enright, GISP

Health & Spatial Analysis Branch Manager, North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics
I have worked at the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Health and Spatial Analysis Branch for 20 years.


Christine Hill

Stormwater Management Accounting Technician, Town of Chapel Hill
Christine has over 20 years in GIS development, data management and analysis. She brings experience managing GIS and data projects at the local, state and international levels GOs and in the private and public sectors.
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Dr. Caroline Loop

Hydrogeologist, Wake County Dept. of Environmental Services
Caroline Loop is a hydrogeologist in Wake County’s Groundwater Protection and Wells Program. She is interested in all potential applications of GIS to address groundwater quality and quantity issues, especially as they relate to private well owners.

Wright Lowery

GIS Analyst, Wake County Community Services/GIS
Wright is an analyst with Wake GIS and supports the Wake County Environmental Services department on GIS needs and projects. He was a field conservationist with Wake SWCD for 12 years and has now been with Wake GIS for 14 years. GIS project support over the years includes wells... Read More →
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David Toren

GIS Analyst/Senior IS Analyst, MapForsyth
David Toren is a Senior GIS. Analyst for the City of Winston-Salem. He also works closely with MapForsyth, the Forsyth County GIS department. He has over 17 years I.S. experience and has been exclusively focused on GIS for over 10.

Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 302 C

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