The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG wants a new logo!

We invite submissions to a special logo Design Competition. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st ($250) 2nd ($100) and 3rd ($50) place entries.

Submission Details

  • Submissions must be submitted electronically, but be appropriate for use in both web- and print-based materials
  • Acceptable file formats include (but are not limited to ) tiff, jpg, png, gif
  • See attached flyer for examples of other AAG Specialty Group logos
  • Submissions should be emailed directly to Paul Delamater (pld@email.unc.edu) with the subject line: HMGSG Logo Competition Submission
  • Submissions are limited to 3 per person
  • The submission deadline is December 31, 2022

Eligibility

  • Any member of the American Association of Geographers is eligible to sumit

Review

  • the winners will be chosen via a popular vote open to all HMGSG members
  • The new logo and prize winners will be announced at the HMGSG Business Meeting at the 2023 Annual Conference in Denver, CO

Questions or Concerns?

  • Feel Free to reach out to Paul Delamater (pld@email.unc.edu) if you have any questions about the competition!
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The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group presents its 2022 Speaker Series

On behalf of HMGSG, I am excited to announce our first set of talks part of our Speaker Series. Please Join us on Wednesday , October 26th at 1 PM EST . We will hear from Dr Debs Ghosh (University of Connecticut) and Dr. Jared Aldstadt (SUNY at Buffalo). You can register at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/6v445bpm

Oct 26, 2022

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Mentoring Event

Dear HMGSG members, The board would like to provide mentoring opportunities to students at the AAG virtual conference.  Faculty, industry employees, or senior PhD students will help students in topics for graduate school, jobs, and research related to health and medical geography.  

The main mentoring opportunity will be during the HMGSG social on 2/26/22 from 1-2pm EST where we will provide breakout rooms and assign students based on interest/topics.

If you are interested, please fill out the attached Google form by 2/25/22 by 11:59 EST.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgkPbgTEXZOwgA_G6kIofD0dmJIJ1p-zq-dzOj0BaFZB1pZw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Desjardins (mail to: mdesjar3@jhu.edu) and Dayani Davilla (mail to: DayaniDavilla@my.unt.edu)

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2022 HMGSG newsletter

Hi HMGSG Community,

I am excited to share the 2022 HMGSG newsletter (please see attached link). 

Many thanks to our members for contributing material and making this a fascinating read! You will find many intriguing sections, including the HMGSG-sponsored sessions at AAG, awards & honors, recent publications, and more. 

Special thanks for Shamayeta Bhattacharya (student board member; UConn) for putting the newsletter together!

Enjoy,

Michael 
HMGSG Chair

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The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group presents its second Speaker Series

On behalf of HMGSG, I am excited to announce our second set of talks part of our Speaker Series. Please join us on Tuesday, November 9th at 2pm EST.  We will hear from Dr. Michael Widener (University of Toronto) and Xiang “Peter” Chen (University of Connecticut).  You can register in the following link: unc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WqNpb5IrRGmlitt2pHT4gw

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The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group presents its First Speaker Series

This seminar series examines the different applications of medical geography using Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.

We have two presentations titled:
1) What can geography contribute to our understanding of health and wellbeing?
2) Spatial autologistic model to predict the presence of arsenic in private wells across Gaston County.

We will introduce and discuss the principles, methodologies, and applications of medical and health geography. This seminar will take place on Tuesday, October 5th at 12pm EST. Please register in the following link: https://unc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J-wQhyj2QqugjEDHNKFBzA

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2021 HMGSG Awards Summary

Melinda S. Meade Travel Awards (AAG)
Yu Lan: UNC-Charlotte
Zhiyue (Luna) Xia: University of Maryland

Data Visualization Competition – Dynamic
The US COVID Atlas: https://theuscovidatlas.org
Dylan Halpern, Marynia Kolak, Qinyun Lin, Vidal Anguino, Susan Paykin, Xun Li — University of Chicago

Data Visualization Competition – Static
Spatial Network of Cancer Care Utilization and Automated Delineation of Cancer Service Areas in Northeast US
Changzhen Wang, Fahui Wang, and Tracy Onega — Louisiana State University

Honorable Mention
Data Visualization Competition – Static
Housing is a Health Issue! Can We House Those Experiencing Houselessness?
Feminist Mapping Collective: Elsa Noterman, Luke Leavitt, Meghan Kelly, Alicia Iverson, Kela Caldwell, Kallista Bley

Peter Gould Student Paper Competition
Yanzhe Yin, University of Georgia
DTEx: A dynamic urban thermal exposure index based on human mobility patterns

Jacques May Thesis Prize (Master’s)
Siewying Shee: National University of Singapore
Moving bodies, feeling health: Examining the embodied politics of health-promoting infrastructure in Singapore

Jacques May Thesis Prize (PhD)
Makoto Takahashi: Technical University of Munich
The Improvised Expert :Performing expert authority after Fukushima (2011-2018)

Meredith Alberta Palmer: Cornell University
Land, Family, Body: Measurement and the Racial Politics of US Colonialism in Haudenosaunee Country

Emerging Scholars in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Marta M Jankowska: City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Trang VoPham: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholar in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Sarah Curtis
Professor Emeritus, Durham University
Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

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Election time: Seeking for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the 2021-2022 HMGSG board

Dear members:

The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) is looking for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the 2021-2022 board. This year we are seeking nominations for the following positions:

– 1 Vice-Chair

– 2 At-Large Board Members

The Vice-Chair serves a one-year term and transitions to Chair in the second year. The At-Large board members serve a two-year term.

All HMGSG members are eligible and encouraged to nominate candidates (HMGSG members only) for these positions. Before your nomination, please contact the nominee to assure they are willing and available to serve if elected. Self-nominations are accepted. 

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, please send an email to Kevin Matthews (kev.matthews@outlook.com) indicating the position of interest and a half-page bio for circulation to the membership at the HMGSG business meeting. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2021. Please use “Nomination for HMGSG positions” as the subject of your email. 

Please submit a bio-sketch/candidate statement that includes your full name, title and degree, institution, and research and teaching interests. Nominees will introduce themselves to the membership with a 1 to 2-minute oral statement to be delivered at the HMGSG Business Meeting.  The election will be held during the HMGSG Business Meeting on April 9, 2021 during the 2021 AAG annual meeting.

Thank you for your support of the HMGSG Specialty Group.

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Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award 2021

Deadline: March 26, 2021

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the American Association of Geographers is offering the Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award for the virtual AAG Annual Meeting in April 2021. 

This award provides financial support to graduate student specialty group members who plan to present on a health/medical geography topic at the conference during a session sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group..

To be considered for the award, prepare a single PDF file with the following items:

  1. A short letter describing: 
    1. how the award would be of assistance
    2. other travel funding available to you, and
    3. your goals in attending the AAG conference 
  2. The abstract of the paper you will be presenting at the conference, which must be in a session sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group.
  3. Your CV, which should include your name, affiliation, email address and (physical) mailing address
  4. A copy of your conference registration (e.g., acceptance note from AAG and PIN number) 

Your submission should be emailed to Kevin Matthews (kev.matthews@outlook.com) by Friday, March 26, 2021 with the following subject line: “AAG-HMGSG Student Travel Award”   

The HMGSG board will review the applications and award five (5) prizes of $60 apiece to cover the cost of student meeting registration fees. Funding decisions will be based on the quality of the abstracts, financial need, and the record of past scholarship shown on applicants’ CVs.

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GEOMED 2022

The GEOMED Conference (in-person) has been postponed one year, but this year will include a series of remote talks and workshops (see link below).

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