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GIS Day at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

When: November 18th, 2015

Call for abstracts

The Texas Department of State Health Services invites abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations on GIS-related public health topics. Participants are encouraged to present on topics that highlight the applications of geospatial technologies in health care issues, environmental epidemiology, disaster preparedness and response, and disease ecology, among others. However any GIS-related subject with spatial solutions to public health problems can be submitted.

Oral presentations will be scheduled between 10 AM and 4 PM for approximately 20-25 minutes for each presenter.

The poster  competition is an opportunity to present findings to a panel of judges.

There will also be a Geocaching competition for testing your ability to find objects using Global Positioning System (GPS). Geocaching is a recreational activity, in which participants use GPS to find caches. (You can use your smart phone as a GPS device.)

To submit an abstract, please use our GIS Day form.


A (GIS) geographic information system uses computers and software to graphically represent the relationship between spatial location and database attributes. GIS takes the numbers and words from rows and columns in databases and spreadsheets and puts them on a map. It allows you to visualize and interpret data in ways not possible in a tabular form.

A GIS integrates common database operations, such as query and statistical analysis, with the ability to see how data relates in space and time. The maps produced with a GIS are useful for showing places and the events that occur there.

With a GIS you can:

  • Analyze spatial variations in health, outcomes
  • Select new clinic locations based on a variety of factors
  • Conduct environmental risk assessments
  • Evaluate availability of health care
  • Map confidential information by aggregating to census tract , county, or some other spatial unit
  • List provider locations closest to a given address
  • Track the spread of disease

We provide the following GIS services to DSHS programs:

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Last updated September 01, 2015