Profile: Kim Elmore

Dr. Kim Elmore is a medical geographer and geospatial analyst in the Quantitative Sciences and Data Management Branch, Division of HIV Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, USA. Kim’s work focuses on the application of geospatial methods including techniques for the integration of HIV surveillance data with GIS while ensuring confidentiality of the data.

Kim Elmore earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001, as a doctoral student with Melinda Meade. Her dissertation was titled Experiences with HIV/AIDS in Wilmington, North Carolina: Interactions of People and Place. Before joining CDC, Kim was an ORISE fellow for four years at the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR, a sister agency of the CDC in Atlanta). As of February 2011, she has been with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for 3 and a half years.

She is very active within the CDC geospatial community, having been instrumental in creating a Geography and Geospatial Science Working Group (GeoSWG) and is currently serving as the chair of the GeoSWG Professional Development Subcommittee In 2010. Her primary interest concerns the integration of HIV surveillance data with other data sets at the finest scale available. This in turn leads to issues of confidentiality and privacy around sensitive data sets. One of Kim’s current projects is the production of an online, interactive HIV atlas that will ‘go live’ in late spring or early summer of 2011! Subsequent versions of the atlas will allow for the integration and display of STD, Viral Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis data.

Kim’s work has been published in a variety of journals including Health Place, Journal of Community Health, Southeastern Geographer, and Preventing Chronic Disease. She spends most of the fall weekends in Florida cheering for the University of Florida Gators! She can be reached at or through Facebook.

Updated: February 2011