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BeHealthy Event

  • February 20, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mississauga Grand Event Centre, 35 Brunel Rd Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8


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Health initiatives with emphasis on Geospatial and/or Smart Health Information

Join BeSpatial for this full day event

Wednesday February 20th 

Mississauga Grand Event Centre

35 Brunel Rd Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8

A focus on health, not limited only to ‘health’ from just a medical perspective. This event also addresses adjacent topics such as active lifestyle, active commuting, environment, etc.

This Program will feature 6 Presentations

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See overview of each below

  • Innovation health initiatives using geospatial and information applications, analytics, best practices leading to improved and sustainable health and patient care environments.
  • Innovative health case studies that show examples of 

a. Smart health success stories

b. Smart health strategies 

c. Smart health benefits and opportunities and

d. Smart activities in lifestyle, commuting, environment


The full day event will be hosted by BeSpatial. For information, please contact Mirjana, Programs Director.

Day's Agenda

8:30 - 9:05 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:10 am Welcome and Opening Remarks - Mirjana Strajin, Director, BeSpatial Programs
   Presenter  Topic  Moderator  
 9:15-9:55 AM

 Hongcheng ZengBusiness Intelligence Specialist,The Region of Peel

The Spatial Pattern Modeling of Tobacco Complaints

 Marc Baila
 9:55-10 AM  Short Transition Break

10-10:40 AM                                           

Adam Munro, GIS Technologist, City of Hamilton

Leveraging Structure and Flexibility of Story Map Templates for distributing comprehensive health topics  Marc Baila
10:40-10:45 AM                     Short Transition Break    
10:45-11:25 AM      Brian Mosley, GIS Analyst, KFL&A Public Health Community Hubs Mapper: Open Source GIS for Evidence-Based Community Planning  John Bacon
11:25 AM -12:30 PM      Lunch    
12:30-1:10 PM   

Marc Todd, Manager, Niagara Region Community Services

Using Neighbourhood Mapping to Fund Prosperity Projects in the Niagara Region

Marc Baila
1:10-1:15 PM    Short Transition Break
1:15-2:25 PM 

David Guillette, Specialist, Data & GIS, Region of Peel and 

Maria Mukhtar, Analyst, Research and Policy, Region of Peel

Using Story Maps to Display Public Health Data: the Region of Peel – Healthy Development: Monitoring Map

John Bacon
 2:25-2:30 PM   Short Transition Break    
2:30-3:10 PM  Debbie Verduga, Crime Analyst, Toronto Police Service Cycling Community Resources available in the Toronto Police Public Safety Data Portal John Bacon
3:10-3:15 PM  Closing Remarks Mirjana Strajin, Director, BeSpatial Programs

BeHealthy Presentation (Overview)

1. The Spatial Pattern: Modeling of Tobacco Complaints

Hongcheng Zeng, at the Region of Peel, is a business intelligence specialist. His presentation will include a review of the Region’s analysis of spatial patterns of tobacco complaints and the correlation between the following spatial factors: tobacco retailers, schools, and land use information. They have developed a model to predict the future complaint occurrence using impact variables, such as retailers and commercial areas. This spatial modeling approach is portable and can be applied in a variety of fields.

2. Multi-Volume Story Map Health Atlas Report Leveraging Structure and Flexibility of Story Map Templates for distributing comprehensive health topics

Adam Munro, at the City of Hamilton, is a GIS Analyst. His presentation will explore how the online utilization and management of spatial data through web-based applications within Public Health organizations for surveillance and reporting of case events has become common in recent years. The  ability to link health issues to a broader public provides context and enhanced functionality to public outreach and reporting to community stakeholders. Come hear how the story map platform is used to create a narrative reporting system which tackles several key health, social and economic issues facing school-aged children today.  This form of distributing information to the public can be applied in many different fields. 

3.  Community Hubs Mapper: Open Source GIS for Evidence-Based Community Planning

Brian Mosley is a GIS Analyst at KFL&A Public Health (Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington)

The concept of Community Hubs and the Community Hubs Mapper. Community hubs have existed for years—some, like libraries and arenas—are easily and broadly recognized as community centres. They provide invaluable services within our communities, like access to social services or healthcare, as well as places for community members to meet, interact, and share resources. Community hubs can help social services reach clients in an equitable manner. The Community Hubs Mapper is an online tool that can help plan a new community hub, or help an existing one grow.

4. Using Neighbourhood Mapping to Fund Prosperity Projects in the Niagara Region

Marc Todd, Manager, Niagara Region Community Services

An overview of the development and growth of the Niagara Neighbourhood Mapping tool and how this tool has been used to allocate annual funding of $1.5M over the last ten years to projects aimed at increasing neighbourhood prosperity.

By focusing on neighbourhoods that require attention, Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) ensures that available resources are making the greatest impact on those most in need. To assist in developing plans for action, the Niagara Prosperity Initiative Story Map was created with municipal and neighbourhood demographics, indicators, community resources and previously approved projects. The tool provides information on 74 neighbourhoods in Niagara.

5. Using Story Maps to Display Public Health Data: the Region of Peel – Healthy Development: Monitoring Map 

David Guillette, Specialist, Data & GIS Maria Mukhtar, Analyst, Research and Policy,  Region of Peel

The impact of the built environment on chronic disease risk factors, such as physical activity levels, is increasingly being recognized. The Region of Peel – Public Health partnered with Peel Data Centre to leverage GIS to create a series of indicators that map out the spatial distribution of built environment elements in Peel. These indicators are presented in a Story Map format titled the Healthy Development: Monitoring Map. 

Presenting the indicators in a Story Map is a novel communication approach that combines qualitative approaches that allow audiences to gain familiarity with the concept of healthy, complete communities and decision-makers with readily accessible quantitative built environment data.  Using a Story Map can enhance audience engagement and help disseminate public health data.

6. Cycling Community Resources available in the Toronto Police Public Safety Data Portal

Debbie Verduga, Crime Analyst, Business Intelligence & Analytics Unit, Toronto Police Services

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the City of Toronto have partnered to collaboratively provide the public with access to traffic collision data including collisions events where a Cyclist was involved.  The Toronto Police Service is committed to providing valuable resources on the Public Safety Data Portal in an attempt to raise awareness of public safety matters concerning the Cycling Community in the City of Toronto.  Debbie Verduga, a Crime Analyst and GIS analyst in the Business Intelligence Unit at TPS will be showcasing some of the resources available in the portal related to cycling including bike theft statistical information and cyclist traffic collision events.  

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