Dr. Berrang Ford, Kaitlin Patterson, Sierra Clark and Isha Berry presented posters and oral presentations in Vancouver for the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium hosted by Simon Fraser University. The conference is put on every two-years and attracts medical/health geographers from around the globe, specializing in a range of topics, including infectious and chronic disease, landscapes of health and wellness, politics of geographical research, multi-level modelling, neighborhood effects on health, climate change, and many many more.
Kaitlin and Isha presented posters on the first day of the conference. Isha presented on leishmaniasis and political terror while Kaitlin presented on the lived experience of food insecurity among Indigenous Batwa in Uganda.
Tuesday was jam packed with GEEL presentations. Dr. Berrang Ford presented in the Climate Change session on the need to address socioeconomic factors as mediators or effect modifiers when looking at the potential impact of climate/ weather on health.
Kaitlin presented part of her Masters thesis in the Lived Experience of Health Session 2 which took a longitudinal and mixed methods approach to understanding food insecurity among Indigenous Batwa in Uganda.
Sierra presented at the end of the day in the Infectious Disease Session on inequalities in bed net ownership after an equitable distribution among Batwa in Uganda and the socioeconomic determinants of retention.
On Thursday, Sierra presented her poster on the Lived Experience of AGI among Batwa in Uganda which took a mixed methods approach to understanding the perceived severity of illness, the multiple consequences of illness, and the perceived barriers and benefits to taking preventative actions.
The rest of the conference was spent networking, enjoying amazing presentations by fellow colleagues, and taking in all that Vancouver has to offer.