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The International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN) explores new research frontiers in geospatial health research and fosters international networks to share this information across borders and generate synergies.

The Network’s main objectives include research and service by its affiliate organizations. Our research program operates at the forefront of advanced geospatial data analytics to address health issues arising from climate change, environmental and social determinants of health, and chronic and infectious disease. Through service, we facilitate the sharing of geospatial health data and resources among international global health institutes and stakeholders to improve health research.

The Network is the result of an international forum jointly organized by the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Space-Time Analysis and Research (S.T.A.R.) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong, Utrecht University, and several health ministries and organizations in Europe. With the AAG serving as the secretariat, IGHRN was launched in 2013 through a series of workshops in Hong Kong, Utrecht, and in the United States.

Contact us at IGHRN@aag.org.

AAG logoThe American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from nearly 100 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG’s Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the AAG Newsletter. AAG is the secretariat for the International Geospatial Health Research Network.

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Space-time Analysis and Research LabFaculty from the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science and the S.T.A.R. Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were influential in the formulation of IGHRN.

S.T.A.R. Lab addresses health, transport, environmental, and social issues in urban areas through the application of innovative geographic information system (GIS) methods. We are interested in understanding how social differences (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) shape urban residents’ everyday experiences and perceptions/use of the built environment. We are also interested in studying how specific characteristics of the social and physical environment affect the well-being and behavior of different social groups (e.g., health behaviors and outcomes, access to jobs, social isolation, residential segregation, and spatial mobility).

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International Society for Urban Health logoThe International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is the pioneer global organization bringing together experts from across academia, government, NGOs and business to improve the health of cities. The ISUH was founded in 2002 at The New York Academy of Medicine as an organization primarily concerned with building the field of urban health through its annual scientific meeting, the International Conference of Urban Health (ICUH). Because more than half the world’s population lives in cities in all regions of the world, and since this number is increasing each year, the roles of the ISUH and ICUH in global health will only become more significant.

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Geocomputation Center for Social Sciences at Wuhan UniversityThe Geocomputation Center for Social Sciences was recently established at Wuhan University. The center is hosted by the State Key Lab of Survey and Remote Sensing Information Engineering at Wuhan University. The goals of the center is to promote research on new theory and methodology, to develop core technology for Spatial Data Analysis and Intelligent Information Service, and to provide an open platform for international collaboration.

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