Esri Chief Medical Officer to Speak on Structural Racism in Health, GIS for COVID-19 Response at NACCHO Preparedness Summit


Esri’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Este Geraghty, will lead Esri’s presence at the upcoming National Association of City and County Health Officers (NACCHO) Preparedness Summit, August 25-27. Dr. Geraghty will share insights and innovations around using GIS for COVID-19 response two different sessions during the event, including a keynote that wraps the conference on August 27:

Dr. Geraghty will join leaders from state and county public health departments for a discussion about GIS best practices and innovations the response to COVID-19. Speakers include:

  • Adam Anderson, Health Data and GIS Supervisor, Tri-County Health Department, Colorado 
  • Debbie Briedwell, GIS Manager, ITSD/OGI, State of Missouri
  • Dr. Jake Campbell, Ph.D., Data Manager, Research, Assessment, & Planning Unit, Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County
  • Susan Miller, Geospatial Information Officer, State of Georgia
  • Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director & Local Health Authority, Department of Public Health, Harris County, Texas

Dr. Geraghty closes the conference with a discussion  that contextualizes the history of racism in emergency response, provides examples of how communities are currently incorporating racial equity principles into current plans to address COVID-19, and examines how communities can center equity and justice when defining preparedness and response strategies for the future.

Dr. Geraghty is available to answer your questions and provide her expertise around the use of maps and spatial analysis in the fight against COVID-19. You can find more information about the NACCHO Preparedness Summit at


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