Research on health disparities increasingly demonstrates the importance of place as a key determinant of population health and health disparities.  Attributes of communities and neighborhoods powerfully influence health status by shaping social and economic opportunity and exposure to health risks and resources.  Maps constructed using tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer policymakers, advocates, journalists, and the general public important means to better understand the relationship between geography, policy, and health.  These tools have helped to spawn and support research, policy and planning efforts, and public education campaigns focused on addressing community-level determinants of health.

To better understand the potential of maps and mapping tools to support a health equity agenda, this web conference will feature presentations by leading thinkers working in a range of sectors.

Organized by The Opportunity Agenda with support from The California Endowment and special assistance from the Public Health Institute, and the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies


Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities

The California Endowment

Oakland, CA

Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, joined The Endowment in October 2009.

Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served since 2003 as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the…

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Michael Rodrian

Former Deputy Director

California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Sacramento, CA

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Michael Jerrett, PhD

Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

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Jason Reece

Director of Research, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

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Brian D. Smedley, PhD

Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Washington, DC

Brian Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. Formerly, Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda, which seeks to build the national will to…

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Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH

Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Dr. Nevarez has over 36 years of experience as a physician and 30 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including Medical Director at La…

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