The 13th International Conference on Urban Health is taking place from April 1-4, 2016 in San Francisco, USA, and they are currently calling for abstracts. This conference, running with the Symposium on Geography and Urban Health, is one of the most prominent urban health events globally, and this year's theme is 'Place and Health'. At the launch event of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, Yonette Thomas, the conference Chair, spoke of how they had received so few submissions that focused on mental health that at the most recent conference (and those that they had received could not manage the cost/logistics to attend the conference), they had to cancel that panel (watch the video below).
This year the conference organizers state:
We welcome national and international scholars, educators, practitioners, policymakers, and institutions in health and related sectors to (i) share findings, methodologies, and technologies and (ii) to strengthen and create research and education collaborations focusing on the urban environment as an important “place” in population health research, interventions, and policies."
Do you have an interesting research project that might make a good submission? Let's see more mental health-focused presentations this year. Submit before December 8th.
Topics that may be of particular interest:
Symposium on Geography and Urban Health
Research Collaborations: Scientific collaborations in geography and urban health, Urban health and heath geography, Collaborating to advance global urban health policy
Environmental Health: Disease mapping, Assessment of the impact of environmental exposures on health, Exposure monitoring utilizing real-time GPS/GIS methods, Disease ecologies
Behaviors: Mobilities and health, Spatial analysis of substance abuse and treatment, Social environments and mental health
Healthcare Service: Health disparities and inequalities, Global health research and public health initiatives
Methodologies and technologies: Methodological issues in health research, Spatial uncertainties in health studies, CyberGIS and high performance computing in health studies, Geospatial big data and health, Crowd sourcing of geospatial data for health research, Health and global health service delivery initiatives
International Conference on Urban Health
Urbanization AND Health: what interactions? New paradigms, concepts, methods, and tools, Disciplinary advances vs inter-disciplinarity: what challenges?, Interest of comparative approaches: why, how?, Research and action
Urban Health at the intersection of urban environment, social determinants and places: Urbanization and Health disparities, inequalities and inequities, Specific risks factors in urban context
Urban Environments: what specificities? Urban Environments as places of demographic, epidemiologic, nutritional and health transitions?, Globalization, migration and urban health
Urbanism, Health and Wellbeing: Built environment, Pollution: air, noise, etc, Transportation, Green spaces, sport
Health indicators, spatial analysis and mapping: new tools, new methods: Spatial analysis: interest, conditions and limits, Mapping Disease: areas at risks, cluster, diffusion, etc.
Research and action: Collaboration; interaction of researchers; stakeholders, Setting and development of priorities, Assessment and evaluation: ongoing; process and outcome/impact
Urban health policies: Governance and policy frameworks, Health in all policies, A culture of evaluation: why, how?, Capacity building: infrastructure; training in & researching urban health & health geography
Sanity and Urbanity: