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Call for Papers Aging, Health, and Health Care

Call for Papers: 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Boston (April 5-9, 2017)

Mark Rosenberg, Queen’s University
Kyle Plumb, Queen’s University
Jessica Finlay, University of Minnesota

Due to the widespread aging of populations coupled with social policy directives such as aging in place, there is a growing need to address the relationship(s) between the dynamic environments where healthcare is provided and the changing face of the people who occupy them. Geographers are well suited to address this need due to the inherent sensitivity to the ways that people and their health outcomes are shaped by the physical, social and psychological aspects of places and vice versa. This session is intended to provide a forum for perspectives of the complex transactions between people, place and health as well how these are further augmented as we age. To this end, emergent concepts and themes in health geography and aging as well as their application to the environments where health care takes place including the home, the hospital and long-term care facilities will be the focus of this session. 

Call for Papers Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

For updates and modifications for this call.

Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5-9, 2017

Uncertainty and context pose fundamental challenges in geographic research and GIScience. Geospatial data are imbued with error (e.g., measurement and sampling error), and understanding of the effects of contextual influences on human behavior and experience are often obfuscated by various types of uncertainty (e.g., contextual uncertainties, algorithmic uncertainties, and uncertainty arising from different spatial scales and zonal schemes). Identifying the “true causally relevant” spatial and temporal contexts that influence people’s behavior and experience is thus also challenging, since people move around in their daily lives and over their life courses and experience the influences of many different contexts. To generate reliable geographic knowledge, these uncertainties and contextual issues need to be addressed.

This theme within the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting will explore research frontiers and advances in theory, method, and research practice that address the challenges of uncertainty and context in geography and GIScience. We welcome papers from all disciplines, subfields and perspectives (e.g., geography, public health, sociology, transportation, urban studies, etc.). Topics may include but are not limited to:

– uncertainty and context: advances in theory and methods

– uncertainty and error assessment

– error propagation and modeling

– quality of geospatial data

– big data, algorithmic uncertainties, and algorithmic geographies

– the uncertain geographic context problem (UGCoP)

– the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP)

– advances in the conceptualization and assessment of the neighborhood effect

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health

– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time interactive GPS/GIS methods

– relational understanding of context and uncertainty

– human mobility and contextual uncertainties

– cumulative contextual influences over the life course

– social networks as individual and social context

– uncertainty in spatial pattern detection

– incorporating uncertainty in spatial modeling

To participate in this theme, please submit your abstract at When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org. The abstract deadline is October 27, 2016.

For more information, please visit, or contact members of the theme’s organizing committee at GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org.

Scientific Committee


Mei-Po Kwan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniel Griffith (University of Texas at Dallas), Michael Goodchild (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford)

Committee members:

Ling Bian (University of Buffalo)

Xiang Chen (Arkansas Tech University)

Yongwan Chun (University of Texas at Dallas)

Eric Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Michael Emch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Nina Lam (University of Louisiana)

Jing Ma (Beijing Normal University)

Jeremy Mennis (Temple University)

Douglas Richardson (American Association of Geographers)

John Shi (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Xun Shi (Dartmouth University)

Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland)

Yonette Thomas (American Association of Geographers)

Paul Torrens (New York University)

Shaowen Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Michael Widener (University of Cincinnati)

David Wong (George Mason University)

Chaowei Yang (George Mason University)

Eun-Hye Enki Yoo (University at Buffalo, State University of New York)

HMGSG 2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the competition and scholarship awards!

The Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Mei-Po Kwan
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

The Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Kirsten Beyer
Division of Epidemiology, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Dr. Paul Mkandawire
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jacques May Thesis Prize
Doctoral level
Dr. Peng Jia
Louisiana State University

Master level
Lea Ravensbergen-Hodgins
University of Toronto

Peter Gould Paper Competition
Undergraduate level
Claire Hofius,

Graduate level
Sandy Wong
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award:
Yanjia Cao
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland

Emily Rugel
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor position in Health/Medical/Population Geography–University of Cincinnati

The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in health/medical/population geography beginning in August, 2016. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in GIS and data science who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instructions using quantitative approaches.

Applicants must have expertise in GIS, spatial analysis and geovisualization and accomplishments in one or more of the following research areas: medical geography, epidemiology, health disparities, environmental impacts on health, public health, spatial accessibility to health services, and/or geodemographics. The successful applicant will demonstrate evidence for potential to produce externally funded research, to publish in prominent outlets, and to conduct interdisciplinary research. The position offers opportunities for collaboration with Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, with the local branch of the EPA, and with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Applications must be submitted online by visiting In addition to the online application candidates must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2015 but the position will remain open until it is filled.

The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university boasts a student body of more than 43,000 enrolled in over 370 programs of study and is the region’s largest employer with over 15,000 faculty, staff and student workers. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and seeks to empower all members of the university community. The University of Cincinnati is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses.

The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer M/F/Vets/Disabled. Women, People of Color, persons with a disability, and covered veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the University community. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

Melinda Meade Memorial Disease Ecology Sessions @ AAG at Chicago, Illinois (2015)

Melinda Meade Memorial Disease Ecology Sessions @ AAG at Chicago, Illinois (2015)

In memory of Dr. Melinda Meade, who passed away in November 2013, several sessions around the theme of disease ecology will be organized at the upcoming 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (April 21-25, 2015). These sessions will be part of the larger International Geospatial Health Research Symposium.  They will provide a forum for conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical scholarship on disease ecology.  Both qualitative and quantitative research is welcome, as are papers focusing on health in both high and low resource contexts.

Disease ecology is concerned with “the ways human behavior, in its cultural and socioeconomic context, interacts with environmental conditions to produce or prevent disease” (Meade and Earickson 2000, 21). Population, society and the physical and biological environments exist in a dynamic equilibrium. The human-environment relationship, if disturbed enough by major changes in land use, migration, population density, or other stressors can lead to a state of instability, which manifests as an increase in disease rates or the appearance of new diseases. At the same time, fundamental to disease ecology is notion that people do not respond passively to disease, but rather act purposely to mitigate the impact of disease. In this way, social and cultural circumstances can actually create/prevent disease. Disease ecology is inherently concerned with integrating the social and physical aspects of human existence.

Dr. Meade was a Professor of Geography at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until her passing.  She was a pioneer in the field of health and medical geography and taught courses from freshman to doctoral level on issues of changing population dynamics and structure, agricultural modernization, urbanization, and globalization in the developing world; on population geography, medical geography, and disease ecology.  Dr. Meade is best known, particularly to undergraduate students, as the author of the definitive textbook in the field of medical geography.

If you would like to contribute to these sessions, please submit your abstract online ( and then email Elisabeth Root ( and Margaret Carrel ( with your title, abstract, author information, and AAG PIN by the due date of November 5, 2014 to be included in one of the sessions. You may also wish to send this information to, the organizers of the International Geospatial Health Research Symposium.

Elisabeth Root (, University of Colorado Boulder

Margaret Carrel (, University of Iowa

Michael Emch (, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Atlas Hands: A Timeline of the Life of Melinda Meade

As an update to our previous story about the passing of Melinda Meade, please take a few minutes to learn about her in this short documentary film about her life.

Atlas Hands

The description of the film from Savannah Ward and her Seventeenth Summer Productions is:

In loving memory of Dr. Melinda Meade, Seventeenth Summer Productions presents a timeline of the life of one of the greatest Medical Geographers. Follow Melinda’s journey, from graduating early from college, to joining the Peace Corps, and finally returning back to the United States to share her stories and lessons with students across the country. She settled in at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where for fifteen years, she held title as the only female Geographer in the department. Listen to previous students share their fondest memories of Melinda and be a part of a life that was great and taken away too soon.

12th Asian Urbanization Conference an Unqualified Success: A Report and Note of Thanks from George Pomeroy

Dear Fellow Geographers,

Back when Debarchana Ghosh was Chair, the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group had kindly provided some sponsorship funds for the recently held 12th Asian Urbanization Conference – thank you! Sponsors were fully acknowledged at the conference the funds were instrumental in having a wonderful conference.

Below my signature I have pasted in a news item that you are welcome to include in your newsletter / website. Additionally, I have included two photos from the conference.


Exploring the theme of “Urban Dynamics, Environment and Health” the 12th Asian Urbanization Conference was successfully convened at Banaras Hindu University in the famous pilgrimage city of Varanasi, India during December 28 to 30, 2013. Among the leading outcomes of the conference was a 21 point set of recommendations to be forwarded to the sponsoring government of India agencies. An ad hoc committee developed the recommendations based on the papers presented, panel discussions, and remarks by distinguished opening and valedictory speakers. In total, over 150 papers were presented. International participation the conference was strong, with nearly 50 presenters hailing from over 15 countries, as well over 100 scholars and practitioners from within India.

The conference featured numerous and substantive technical paper sessions and thought provoking panel sessions. The Keynote Address delivered by noted urban geographer Debnath Mookherjee (Western Washington University) spoke to the need for a more regional vision for planning using the greater Delhi metropolitan region as a case study. Remarks from Distinguished Guest and leading geographer, R.P. Mishra, highlighted the need for developing indigenous solutions to urban problems. In the Valedictory Address, respected academician and former Director of the National Mapping Organization of India, Dr. Prithvish Nag, spoke of the need for improved plan implementation. The Valedictory Keynote Speaker was Prof. Keshav of the University of Central Missouri and Guest of Honor was Prof. Rameshwari Pandya, Chairman of the Protection of Child Rights Commission, State of Gujarat.

Tremendous credit for the conference success belongs to the local convener, Prof. B.R.K. Sinha, who was ably assisted by local organizer Prof. Ram Bilas. Several heartfelt testimonials about Dr. Sinha’s efforts were made during the valedictory session, providing evidence of a rewarding conference. Gratitude also goes to Prof. Rana P.B. Singh and the Geography Department at Banaras Hindu University for their support of the conference.

Sponsors, acknowledged throughout the conference activities, included the following Specialty Groups (SG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG): the Regional Development and Planning SG, the Asian SG, and the Health and Medical Geography SG.

The next conference is to be held in Yogyakarta Indonesia, January 9-11, 2016. The lead local organizer is Dr. Rini Rachmawati, Faculty of Geography, Gadjah Mada University. In addition to paper sessions, there will also be a local planning related mobile workshop as well as a pre-conference excursion to Bali.

For more information about the Asian Urbanization Conference Series, contact George Pomeroy, Shippensburg University Pomeroy serves as the Executive Secretary of the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA), which manages the conference series. AURA may be found on Facebook ( ) .

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Health Geography at the 2014 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting?

Hello Health and Medical Geographers,

I got this note from James Wilson (a former chair of the Health and Medical Geography Speciality Group)

Greetings from a  past chair of the HMGSG!

I attended and presented at the APHA meeting in Boston last week and I’ve seen that each year how much geography is incorporated into public health research and work. Epidemiologists and public health practioners are certainly using more geospatial technologies and spatial analysis methods.   In any case, I thought it might be of interest to share the theme for the APHA’s conference next November in New Orleans:
Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being
So, how should we, as a group of Health Geographers, best represent ourselves to the APHA?  I say we all attend to let them know that we exist to do what they call “healthography” and are interested in collaborating.

Call for Papers from Health Services Research Special Topic: State Health Policy Research

State Health Policy Research

Submission deadline:  Monday, October 28, 2013

Sponsored by: a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.

Health Services Research (HSR) and the State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) initiative are partnering to publish a Theme Issue on State Health Policy Research

Health Services Research invites papers for consideration in a Theme Issue on the implementation and outcome of state efforts to expand health insurance coverage and access to health care services under health reform.  The Journal is interested in both single and multi-state evaluations of the implementation of federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) to inform state health policy and to advance the field of health services research.  Relevant policies and programs include but are not limited to:  the impact of the Medicaid expansion in improving coverage rates; the effectiveness of outreach and enrollment activities; persistent barriers in access to care; implementation and use of state-based and federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges; payment and delivery system reform specifically linked to access and coverage;  employer response to new coverage options; research on provider supply as well as the impact of the ACA on the safety net.  The Journal is specifically interested in rigorous quantitative research and evaluation research to advance the field of state policy-based research.   This call will not consider disease-specific treatment and outcome research, research on the quality of health care services, qualitative work without a quantitative component, or discussion pieces or commentaries.

The deadline for initial submission of manuscripts is October 28, 2013.  Criteria for selection of manuscripts include: (1) quality, rigor and originality, (2) significance and usefulness for enhancing our understanding of state efforts to expand coverage and access to health care services under health reform; (3) and clarity of writing and presentation.  All manuscripts must follow the “Instructions for Authors” listed at:

Manuscripts submitted for the Theme Issue will first undergo the same HSR peer review process as all regular manuscripts. However, due to the timeline for publishing the Theme Issue, HSR will monitor the progress of manuscripts through the review process and try to shorten the overall process; likewise, authors should expect to be especially timely in returning revisions. All accepted articles will be published electronically within a brief period after acceptance using Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View process. Articles published through Early View are fully published, appear in PubMed, and can be cited.

Accepted articles submitted for the Theme Issue will then undergo an additional selection process for inclusion in the printed Theme Issue, which will be widely promoted. Approximately 6 to 8 articles will be selected, based on the most original and significant work addressing the theme.  Accepted manuscripts that are not selected for the Theme Issue will be automatically scheduled for print publication in a regular issue. The print publication date for the Theme Issue will be December 2014.

Key dates for authors:

Oct 28, 2013: Submission deadline of manuscripts for the Theme Issue
May 1, 2014 – Sept 19, 2014: Notification of accepted papers to HSR (dependent on date of initial submission)
Oct 1, 2014: Notification of assignment of accepted papers to the Theme Issue or Regular Issue
December 2014: Print Publication Date for Theme Issue