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GeoHealth Network: First Working Group Meeting

  • Health Sciences Building, Room 574 155 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1P8 Canada (map)


Join us for the 1st working group meeting of the GeoHealth Network. Our first meeting will take place on Monday November 5th from 3 – 5 pm in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Room HS574. During this meeting we will introduce our executive planning team, recap our first workshop (Oct 1st), and present our goals for GeoHealth Network. We will kick off our speaker series with a presentation from Professor Dr. Michael Widener (bio below), hear from fellow graduate students undertaking research in the intersection of health and geography, and hear from you, our network members, to understand what brings you to the group and what you hope to learn during the 2018/2019 academic year.

Participation is FREE and refreshments will be provided. 

Please email us with any accessibility concerns or requests at It is important to us that everyone feels they can meaningfully participate in this group, and we will make everyone accommodation possible to assist with that goal.

Happy Mapping,

GeoHealth Network


Dr. Michael Widener

Dr. Michael Widener is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Widener completed a Master of Science in Geography from Florida State University (2009). With an early interest in computer science and geography, Dr. Widener combined these subjects, studying spatial models and statistics early in his academic career. During his PhD (SUNY Buffalo, 2012), Dr. Widener continued work in applied geospatial modeling, focusing on geographic disparities in social and health issues in urban areas pertaining to food environments, transportation, and immigrant populations. Now one of the youngest faculty at the University of Toronto, Dr. Widener directs the Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems Lab ( and was recently appointed a Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Health. Please join us is welcoming Dr. Michael Widener as the first speaker in our GeoHealth Network speaker series, to offer insights in his journey from graduate student to faculty, and how he integrates health and geospatial data in his many SSHRC and CIHR funded research projects.