201410 An Overview of NASA Public Health Projects using Remote Sensing Data

Monday, November 9, 2009

John Haynes, MS , Program Manager, Public Health Applications, NASA, Washington, DC
Sue Estes, MS , Deputy Program Manager, Public Health Applications, NASA/USRA, Huntsville, AL
Health researchers need environmental data to study and understand the geographic, environmental, and meteorological differences in disease. Satellite remote sensing of the environment offers a unique vantage point that can fill in the gaps of environmental, spatial, and temporal data for tracking disease. The field of geospatial health remains in its infancy, and this program will demonstrate the need for collaborations between multi-disciplinary research groups to develop the full potential. NASA will discuss some of their Public Health Projects and also providing the audience with information on opportunities for future collaborations with NASA for future research.

The session is directly related to GIS Mapping and Global Health Surveillance and will present research results of the remote sensing environmental observations of earth and health applications which can contribute to the public health research.

NASA has used satellite remote sensing of the environment to provide a method for bridging gaps of environmental, spatial, and temporal data for tracking disease. This session will provide an overview of projects dealing with pandemic influenza, malaria, famine and how geographic and racial difference affect stoke patients.

Learning Objectives:
1.Inform clinicians and researchers about ongoing NASA projects using remote sensing and GIS to help human health 2.Discuss the NASA Eight Societal Benefit areas (Agricultural Efficiency, Air Quality, Climate, Disaster Management, Ecological Forecasting, Public Health, Water Resources and Weather) and how they are related. 3.Provide information on future opportunities for collaborations with NASA researchers.

Keywords: Public Health Informatics, Geographic Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Program Manager for NASA Applied Science Program
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.