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Karen Comer Co-authors Paper in the June Issue of BMC Public Health

Posted on Jul 18, 2018

Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics, is a co-author on the paper, “Learning in the Zone: Toward Workforce Development of Evidence-based Public Policy Communication,” published in the June issue of the journal, BMC Public Health. Her co-authors include Beth Meyerson, IUB School of Public Health, Laura Haderxhanay, PhD student, and Gregory Zimt, IU School of Medicine.  

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Kevin Mickey to Instruct at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute

Posted on Jul 12, 2018

Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education, will be at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Maryland the week of July 16 to instruct 40 participants on the use of FEMA’s Hazus-MH multi-hazard risk assessment tool. This tool helps mitigate disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis.

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The Polis Center Assists the South Carolina Division of Emergency Management

Posted on Jul 5, 2018

Since January 2017 Polis has been engaged in the development of a Multihazard Mitigation Platform (MHMP) for the South Carolina Division of Emergency Management (SCDEM).  This product is expected to be completed and delivered in July.  The MHMP represents a major advancement for South Carolina hazard mitigation.  It integrates and makes accessible mitigation products across jurisdictions through three custom built apps, each of which have multiple features.  The Data Explorer supports visualization and download of hazards and related...

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Spirit & Place Presents: Civic Saturday on July 28

Posted on Jul 2, 2018

The next Civic Saturday, presented by Spirit & Place, the Indianapolis Public Library, and League of Women Voters of Indianapolis, is July 28 at the Central Library, 10:30 – 11:30am. Erin Kelly, Program Director at The Polis Center (IUPUI), who manages this event, attended a conference in Seattle earlier this year to learn more about this Citizen University initiative. Civic Saturday seeks to nurture civic spirit. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us....

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In the News: Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education at The Polis Center (IUPUI), to Present a Workshop on Flood Hazard Modeling in Washington

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

Kevin Mickey, of The Polis Center (IUPUI), is co-presenting a custom built workshop on flood hazard modeling in Olympia, Washington from June 11-14. This workshop, funded by FEMA through the Washington Department of Natural Resources, will seek to provide guidance to risk analysts on how to use geospatial tools and methods to model and mitigate a variety of flood hazards to include riverine flooding as well as coastal flooding induced by storms or tsunamis resulting from earthquakes. This workshop is envisioned to be a pilot for a series of...

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In the news: Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education, has been asked to serve on a university advisory group for the IUPUI Center for Aerial Unmanned Systems Imaging

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

Kevin Mickey, of The Polis Center (IUPUI) has been asked to join the Center for Aerial Unmanned Systems imaging, which is a part of the IUPUI School of Liberal arts. Their focus is on non-military applications of the growing trend in drone technology. They will research the many different uses of this newer technology, such as tracking animal populations, disaster preparation, and precision...

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Polis Center Continues Partnership with The Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy With Report Generator Feature

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

In June 2017, The Bowen Center launched the Bowen Health Workforce Information Portal—which the Polis Center helped develop along with the IU School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics. The Portal features new and innovative data visualizations to improve the usability of health workforce data for policymakers, employers, educators, and community health leaders. The Polis Center specifically developed a new process for ArcGIS map creation that streamlined map production for regular reports and ad hoc maps to meet stakeholder requests....

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Sharon Kandris of the Polis Center Selected as Network Steward of the Year

Posted on Jun 5, 2018

May 2018 The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) has named Sharon Kandris, associate director at The Polis Center (IUPUI), as the 2018 Network Steward of the Year Award. Created in September 2016, the honor recognizes an NNIP Partner member who goes above and beyond expectations to strengthen the connectivity among partners, increase knowledge sharing, and raise the profile of the NNIP Network. In addition to supporting her peers, Sharon serves as an ambassador for the NNIP network, expanding awareness of NNIP to new audiences,...

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Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics Lead Author of Paper to be Published in The Journal ‘BMC Public Health’

Posted on May 9, 2018

Karen Comer, Polis Center Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics, is lead author on the paper, “Electronic Health Record (EHR)-Based Community Health Measures: An Exploratory Assessment of Perceived Usefulness by Local Health Departments,” that has just been accepted for publication in the journal BMC Public Health.  Her co-authors include Brian Dixon and Marc Rosenman with the Regenstrief Institute, and Joe Gibson, Marion County Public Health...

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Polis Director of GeoInformatics Jim Sparks to Speak at 2018 State of Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

The Polis Center’s Director of Geoinformatics, Jim Sparks will be a keynote speaker at this year’s (2018) GIS conference in the State of Pennsylvania. The conference takes place May 14-16. Sparks will be speaking Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Sparks is a highly-experienced geospatial information professional recently appointed the Director of GeoInformatics at The Polis Center at IUPUI. He served as Indiana’s first Geographic Information Officer with responsibilities that included the coordination of  statewide geospatial...

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