5110.1 NASA: A Unique View of the Earth for the Study of the Environment and Possible Associations with Disease Occurrance

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Health providers/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. Relevance/Significance Satellite earth observations present a unique vantage point of the earths environment from space which offers a wealth of health applications for the imaginative investigator. 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. Approach/Methodology 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.
Session Objectives: Demonstrate NASA Earth Science Data using remote sensing for several types of projects related to human health. Formulate policy and management decisions on public health. Demonstrate the benefits of using remote sensing in the prediction and mitigation of diseases.
Sue Estes, MS
Sue Estes, MS

Benefits of using remote sensing for health alerts and chronic respiratory exposures
Amelia Budge, Stanley Morain, PhD, William Sprigg, PhD, Orrin Myers, PhD and Jeffrey Luvall, PhD
Reducing tick-borne disease in Alabama: Linking health risk perception with spatial analysis using the NASA Earth Observing System
Sarah Hemmings, MS, Nathan Renneboog, BS, Stephen Firsing, MPA, MA, Emily Capilouto, Joshua Harden, Robyn Hyden, BA, Meghan Tipre, BDS, MSPH, Yan Zhang, MPH and Jeffrey Luvall, PhD

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Organized by: Health Informatics Information Technology
Endorsed by: Environment

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)