GIS Health News Weekly: Student Paper Competition, LBS for Docs, Plague

AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the specialty group’s annual Peter Gould Student Paper Competition. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. Single-authored papers from any medical, health, disability and/or health systems related topic are encouraged.

The deadline for submitting an extended abstract is November 2, 2014.

The prizes are small ($100) but trust me, you want your name associated with Peter Gould's. Details.
 
Official: Rwandan Students, Study Disaster Management and GIS!
Speaking at an international conference on sustainable development on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees affairs, Antoine Ruvebana, said there are many untapped opportunities in disaster management, and called on students to take up such [disaster management] courses.
Students think there are no jobs, but officials expect there to be disaster management officers in all districts and are encouraging the study of GIS and remote sensing.
 
LBS App for Getting a House Call

The same location-based app technology that drives Uber and Lyft may have a fix for that, too.

Pager, which launched in May, is an app that allows patients to order a house call from a physician, using their smart phones. The service is available on a limited basis in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but it could spread to other cities by 2015.

Cost? $199 for day visits, $299 for evening. Doctors keep 80% of the fees and Pager is working on simplifying insurance reimbursement.

We all Know the Story About Cholera, What about Bubonic Plague?

Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane University School of Architecture and a Monroe Fellow with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, tells the interesting tale in The battle against bubonic plague: 100 years ago, New Orleans waged war on rats.


Published Friday, August 8th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg