Andrew Curtis is the co-director of the GIS Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University and is a former director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health. His work employs geospatial technologies and geographic information system (GIS) analysis to support neighborhood scale intervention strategies designed to reduce health disparities.
In 2005, after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, he and his students were part of the academic team that helped with geospatial support for search and rescue operations in the Louisiana Emergency Operations Center. His geospatial recovery work continues in New Orleans and the post-tornado landscapes of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri. In the summer of 2012, in Haiti, he developed fine scale field mapping strategies to assess water risks in urban cholera hotspots. Examples of his health-related GIS consultations include the Department of Public Health in Los Angeles County, diabetes clinics, nonprofit organizations, and ground-level community groups. He is also recognized as a leader in the field of spatial privacy.