That’s right, we’ve extended the abstract paper deadline until Tuesday, November 3. We hope these few additional days will help those of you sitting on the fence make the decision to submit an abstract and join us June 27 – July 1, 2016 as a paper presenter!
To get you in the mood to hit that submit button, here’s another inspiring story for you. Thuy Bui is a decision support analyst for the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment at Cook Children’s Healthcare System. She’s looking forward to acceptance of her paper outlining how she used GIS to pinpoint vulnerable populations of children in her community.
What do you do at your organization?
I perform cartography and statistical analyses among other research activities to support the Center’s initiatives.
What is your educational background?
I was drawn to career options in healthcare and engineering. I chose healthcare and got my first Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology from the University of Texas – Austin. I then went on to receive a B.S. in Medical Lab Science from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. After a few years of working in the hospital setting and an eye-opening experience volunteering for a medical mission to Peru, I had an urge to contribute to society in a bigger way. That led me to pursue a career in Public Health. I earned my Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Texas: Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas, in 2013.
How did you get involved in GIS?
During my MPH program, I took an intro to GIS course as an elective. I was blown away by how universally applicable it was. To me, it was like a missing piece to the puzzle of learning about and solving complex health issues.
Have you attended the Esri UC before? If so, how many conferences have you attended?
I’ve only attended one ESRI UC, and it was last year (2015).
Have you presented at the UC before?
I haven’t presented any papers at the UC. If mine gets accepted for 2016, it’ll be my first!
Can you tell me about your paper?
Our community has consistently been among the highest offenders of child abuse and neglect in the state. At the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, we are tasked with finding innovative solutions for reducing child maltreatment. We found that nothing seemed to be working and resources were being exhausted. In this paper, we sought to answer the question, “where are the children most vulnerable?” We needed to know where to target intervention and what types of intervention to implement. After conducting a thorough literature review of child maltreatment risk factors, we gathered location data for as many of those risk factors as possible and created a spatial model to pinpoint where in our city the most vulnerable children live. Based on criminal activity, socioeconomics, and commercial characteristics of the city, the best fitting model developed allowed us to narrow our intervention area from 370+ high risk block groups down to 27 block groups that primarily clustered in four inner city neighborhoods.
What do you like most about the EsriUC?
My first experience attending the ESRI UC, I felt like a kid walking into a candy store… no, factory! There were sessions, workshops, and exhibits galore and I didn’t know which ones to pick, I just wanted to go to them all! The thing I liked most about it, though, was the opportunity for one-on-one technical assistance and demonstrations of ESRI tools and products.
What can we improve on at the EsriUC?
I honestly can’t think of a thing. I loved every bit of it!