2021 Annual Conference

Plan to attend the 34th WLIA Annual Conference, which will now take place virtually during the week of February 15-19, 2021.

As we are experiencing an unprecedented year, WLIA is planning an exceptional annual conference experience — an event that will provide workshop learning opportunities, exceptional educational content, networking opportunities, a focus on sponsors and exhibitors, special interest group gatherings, the map contest, words from expert keynote speakers, and much more.

Please stay tuned for more conference information, which will be posted as it becomes available. Thank you!

Introducing our keynote speakers!

Este Geraghty

Dr. Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, GISP is the Chief Medical Officer at Esri, developer of the world’s most powerful mapping and analytics platform. She heads Esri’s worldwide health and human services practice and is passionate about transforming health organizations through a geographic approach. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an associate professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of California (UC) Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. Geraghty is the author of numerous health and GIS peer reviewed papers and book chapters. She has lectured extensively around the world on a broad range of topics that include social determinants of health, open data, climate change, homelessness, access to care, opioid addiction, privacy issues and public health preparedness. She received her medical degree, master’s degree in health informatics, and master’s degree in public health from UC Davis. She is board certified in public health (CPH) and is also a geographic information system professional (GISP).

How does a doctor end up in GIS? What value does GIS bring to the Health and Human Services sector? These questions and more will be answered as Dr. Geraghty shares her personal journey to becoming the ‘top doc’ at Esri as their Chief Medical Officer. Her observations and insights on health GIS will focus on common patterns of use which have never been more relevant than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maps, dashboards, information hubs and spatial analysis are delivering greater understanding across geographies and increasing awareness of impacted populations, where resources are needed most, and improved communication to community stakeholders and the public.

Kevin Ehrman-Solberg

Kevin is one of the co-founders of the Mapping Prejudice Project at the University of Minnesota, which is identifying and mapping racially restrictive housing covenants in the 20th century. Combining GIS, optical character recognition, and crowd-sourcing, Mapping Prejudice weaves traditional research methodologies with cutting-edge digital tools to build comprehensive spatial databases of racial covenants for cities across the United States. An active proponent of the digital humanities, Kevin’s work focuses on the intersection of race, historical narrative, and contested space.

In addition to his geospatial research, Kevin is also the lead web developer for the Historyapolis Project. He holds a Masters in Geographic Information Science, and has developed multiple online mapping applications for the University of Minnesota, Prologue DC, and Visible City. You can find some of his cartographic work in the Star Tribune, Open Rivers, and the Middle West Review.

Kevin will discuss the Mapping Prejudice Project, which is a team of activists and scholars who show how contemporary urban geography has been shaped by historic restrictions on property ownership. Using digital technology, they are assembling the first-ever spatial database of racial covenants for an American city. Their project maps restrictive deed covenants–agreements made during home purchases–that enforced racial segregation until the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed such covenants. Despite this landmark legislation, to this day the vast majority of the nation’s neighborhoods remain deeply segregated. Racial covenants help explain why.