2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

GIS and Global Public Health

Carl Kinkade, CDC

Carl is the Enterprise GIS Coordinator for CDC in the Division of Applied Informatics Science in the National Center for Public Health Informatics. His undergraduate degree is in Architecture and his masterís degree is in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska. He has been deployed to a number of countries in Africa and Asia for public health and humanitarian emergencies and spent time in Afghanistan building geospatial capacity. He is also a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute.
Prior to coming to CDC, he worked as the Team Lead for the GIS Practice at BearingPoint, as a Health Industry Manager for ESRI, owned a consulting firm that specialized in GIS and Public Health working mainly with Nebraska Health and Human Services, and worked as the Assistant Epidemiologist/GIS Coordinator for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. In addition, he spent two years in the US Peace Corps in the Philippines as a local community development volunteer and twelve years in the US Army Reserves.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 10:50 AM - Track 3

CDC has been using GIS for decades but as the demand for geospatial analysis and visualization grows across the globe, so do the difficulties to meet those demands. Over the past four years, I have traveled the globe responding to events such as the Cyclone that hit Myanmar to the Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Kenya. I have assisted CDC and Ministries of Health build geospatial capacity by training staff through CDC lead initiatives in Uganda, Thailand, and Namibia and universities in Afghanistan through the GIS Corps. In addition, I have help Saudi Arabia set up a mobile surveillance system prior to a few million pilgrims coming to Mecca for Urmrah and the Hajj. This presentation will discuss these trips and how GIS is changing how public health responds to emergencies and prepares for future potential events.