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:

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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:
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 ( 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 ( 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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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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Call for Nominations: Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography

Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography

Nominations Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG is accepting nominations for the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography. The Award seeks to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancements of health and/or medical geography research. Contributions recognized by the Award are broadly conceived, including contributions to all specializations and perspectives in health and/or medical geography.

Recipients of the Award will be invited to present a Special Award Session of HMGSG at the AAG annual meeting the year after receiving the Award.

  • Susan Elliott, University of Waterloo (2020)
  • Michael Emch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Robin Kearns, University of Auckland (2018)
  • Mark Rosenberg, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (2017)
  • Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
  • Sara McLafferty, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2015)

If you are interested in nominating a person for this award, please submit a nomination letter documenting the nominee’s contributions to and impact on health and/or medical geography and a copy of the nominee’s CV, preferably in PDF format, to Kevin Matthews ( Nominations will be evaluated by the HMGSG board. Nominees do not have to be members of HMGSG.

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Call for HMGSG Fall 2020 Newsletter Items

Dear HMGSG Members,

As we are preparing the Fall 2020 Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) Newsletter, we would like to support our members by allowing you to highlight any achievements during this past year. Given the productivity of our members, please limit yourself to two achievements per category, items published, or awards received between January 2020 to the present.
Please submit newsletter items through this Google form. The submission call will be closed on December 20, 2020, at 5:00PM.

If you have any questions regarding the Fall 2020 Newsletter submissions, please contact Fikriyah Winata (
Thank you so much and we are looking forward to receiving your submission.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rural Immigration and Health

Description of duties:

The Post-doctoral Fellow will work with a multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the University of Waterloo, and the Newcomer Centre of Peel to examine the health impacts of rural settlement among highly skilled immigrants. Research foci include factors affecting settlement, integration and retention, welcoming communities, and the social determinants of health. The PDF will be responsible for daily project management, recruitment of research participants, collection and analysis of data, supervision of research assistants, and dissemination of research findings.

Working Hours:

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Annual Salary: $50,000
Supervisor and Academic Unit: Kathi Wilson, UTM Department of Geography, Geomatics, and


Required qualifications:

A recently awarded PhD (i.e., within 5 years) in Geography, Planning, Immigration Studies, or related discipline is required at the time of appointment. Lived experience or knowledge of immigrant experiences in Canada is considered an asset. Candidates are expected to have expertise in qualitative research methods, immigration research, and/or social determinants of health. A strong publication record is expected.

Application instructions

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and sample publications to be submitted as a single PDF to with subject line “PDF in Rural Immigration and Health”. Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters of reference directly via email All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 9, 2020. If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor Kathi Wilson (

Term: 1 year (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021) FTE: 100%

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

PDF Rural Immigration and Health

Closing Date: December 9, 2020 

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Job Offer: Statistician at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Provide data and statistical analysis support for a research team focused on health equity and social justice at the intersection of public health and geography. Team research foci include disparities in cancer, COVID-19, cardiovascular conditions, and stress/well-being among diverse populations. Collaborate on study design; data collection, management and analysis; interpretation of results; preparation of data summaries and reports and publication and communication of research findings. Investigate and resolve problems. Direct and/or check the work of other staff and students. Work as part of a multi-project team with diverse community and academic partners.


Primary Functions

  • Operate specialized computer hardware and software to collect, quality check, manage, analyze, display and communicate data.
  • Report results of statistical analyses, including in the form of graphs, charts, tables, maps and other data visualizations.
  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research; adapt statistical methods and approaches to solve specific problems.
  • Perform complex statistical analyses accurately and efficiently.
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
  • Develop software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Provide expertise in the development and maintenance of data management systems that optimize the efficiency of statistical analyses and reporting.
  • Design and develop data entry and storage modules; monitor data receipt; code and enter data accurately; ensure data security.
  • Review data for consistency, accuracy and quality; develop and execute programs to perform consistency checks; document and resolve data inconsistencies.
  • Assist in the preparation of study results for manuscripts to scientific journals and presentations at scientific conferences and in public venues.
  • Collaborate with scientific researchers in designing studies and writing research proposals, including analyzing proposed studies to determine feasibility and propose appropriate analytical approaches.
  • Present statistical and non-statistical results using charts, maps, and graphs in meetings or conferences to audiences such as clients, peers, and students.

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:


Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education: Master’s Degree

Minimum Required Experience: 1 year

Preferred Experience: 3 years

Field: biostatistics; statistics; data science; social sciences; health sciences

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of mathematics, databases, computing, data security, documentation, records management, biology/health sciences, and social sciences

Abilities in data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, troubleshooting, resource management, writing, listening and collaborating.

Essential skills: Highly skilled in R programming including Markdown and packages focused on epidemiologic and spatial data analysis. Skills in conceptualization, design, composition and production of complex data visualizations to clearly communicate analytic findings. Skills in manipulating complex databases and undertaking statistical analyses, including statistical modeling. Strong critical thinking, analytical, problem solving and trouble shooting skills. Highly accurate, detail oriented and organized. Clear, efficient and thoughtful written and verbal communication. Strong interpersonal skills and a team player. Responsible and dependable with attention to deadlines and skills in time management. Motivated, creative, and ready to learn new things. Skill in handling multiple competing priorities.

Desired skills: Specialized skills in statistical analysis and computer programming in any of the following areas: structural equation modeling, mixed effects modeling, mediation analysis, spatial modeling, web-based mapping. Software and programming experience may include: STATA, Esri Arcmap, Tableau, python, Leaflet, PostgreSQL, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Bootstrap, PHP, QGIS, PostGIS, Mapserver, Openlayers, Geoserver, R Shiny.

About MCW

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Postdoc in Gender Geographies available at the University of New Hampshire

We would love to see a wide array of applications to the position below, despite the short timeline.  It is a nice opportunity to conduct independent research and get a little teaching experience in the company of great colleagues (more like a fellowship than a usual postdoc). 

The Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Geography at the University of New Hampshire invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral joint appointment to start in fall 2021.  Candidates should have expertise in feminist or gender geographies from an African American, Indigenous, Africana, Latinx, Asian American, or transnational perspective.  Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in Geography by July 1 or otherwise identify as a Geographer. The candidate should demonstrate interest in interdisciplinary research collaboration, be committed to diversity and social justice in research and teaching, and show promise of scholarly excellence as well as enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching. The teaching load is one course per year with remaining time devoted to independent research and professional development. The successful candidate will be invited to apply for a tenure track position to begin following the second year of the two-year post-doc. As a tenure track faculty member, it is possible to recruit graduate students though interdisciplinary degree programs.

This hire is part of a campus-wide effort to increase diversity among our faculty and students.  Our Women’s and Gender Studies and Geography Departments have a track record of leadership in this regard.  The University of New Hampshire supports a learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and a shared spirit of inquiry. Please apply online using our PACES program. Instructions are available at

The Provost’s Office has set an application deadline of November 16 for the following materials, though we can accept late submission of missing materials from substantially completed applications.

• Cover letter addressed to Executive Director of Engagement and Faculty Development
• Curriculum vitae
• A statement of research plans (2-3 pages)
• A personal statement of your commitment to diversity and equity in your discipline (1–3 pages)
• Writing samples (one or two examples, 30 page cumulative maximum, e.g. article, chapter, dissertation chapter)
• Contact information for 2-3 references to provide confidential letters of recommendation.

Our departments encourage you to address your teaching experience and philosophy in either your diversity or research statement.

UNH is the state’s public research university with R1 Carnegie status, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The University has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters.

From its main Durham campus and its college in Manchester, the University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research. The 188-acre Durham campus is located 60 miles north of Boston and 10 miles from the city of Portsmouth and Atlantic coast and is convenient to lakes and mountains. Student enrollment is 13,000, with a full-time faculty of more than 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. 

Jennifer Brewer
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Geography
University of New Hampshire

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