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Andrew Curtis

Associate Professor

Andrew Curtis is the current 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 consultation include the Department of Public Health in Los Angeles County, diabetes clinics, non-profit organizations and ground-level community groups. He is also recognized as a leader with regard to spatial privacy.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

30 Recent Publications
  • Mills, J.W.,Curtis, A., and J. Upperman  (2012) Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Assess Pediatric Surge Potential after an Earthquake Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 6 163-169
  • Curtis, A., and J.W. Mills (2011) Spatial video data collection in a post-disaster landscape: The Tuscaloosa Tornado of April 27th 2011 Applied Geography 32 393-400
  • Curtis, A., and J.W. Mills (2011) Crime in urban post-disaster environments: A methodological framework from New Orleans Urban Geography 32 (4) 488-510
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., L. Augustin and M. Cockburn (2011) Confidentiality Risks in Fine Scale Aggregations of Health Data Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 35 57-64
  • Curtis, A., Pine, J., Marx, B., Li, B. and J. Mills (2011) A Multiple Additive Regression Tree Analysis of Three Exposure Measures during Hurricane Katrina: Implications for Recovery in Orleans Parish Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management 35(1) 19-35
  • Mills, J.W., A.J. Curtis, B. Kennedy, S.W. Kennedy, and J. Edwards. (2010) Geospatial video for field data collection. Applied Geography 30(4) 533-547
  • Curtis, A. (2010) Chronic disease as an evacuation impediment: using a Geographic Information System and 911 call data after Katrina to determine neighborhood scale health vulnerability Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1(3) Article 5
  • Curtis, A and W A Lee (2010) Spatial patterns of diabetes related health problems for vulnerable populations in Los Angeles International Journal of Health Geographics 9:43
  • Curtis, A., Duval-Diop, D.,and J. Novak  (2010) Identifying spatial patterns of recovery and abandonment in the Post-Katrina Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans Cartography and Geographic Information Science 37(1): 45-56
  • Duval-Diop, D., Curtis, A., and A. Clark (2010)Enhancing Equity with Public Participatory GIS in Hurricane Rebuilding: Faith Based Organizations, Community Mapping, and Policy Advocacy Journal of Community Development Society 41(1): 32-49
  • Boulos, K. M.N., Curtis, A. and P. AbdelMalik (2009) Musings on privacy issues in health research involving disaggregate geographic data about individuals International Journal of Health Geographics 8:46
  • Curtis, A., Mills,J.W., McCarthy,T., Fotheringham, A.S and W. F. Fagan (2009) Space and Time Changes in Neighborhood Recovery after a Disaster Using a Spatial Video Acquisition System  in Showalter, P and Y. Lu (eds.) Geospatial Technologies in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis, Springer, 373-392
  • Curtis, A (2008) Three-dimensional visualization of cultural clusters in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic of New Orleans International Journal Health Geographics 7:47.
  • Curtis, A (2008) From Healthy Start to Hurricane Katrina: using GIS to eliminate disparities in perinatal health Statistics in Medicine 27(20): 3984-3997.
  • Mills, J.W., Curtis, A., Pine, J., Kennedy, B., Jones, F., Ramani, R. and D. Bausch. (2008) The clearinghouse concept: a model for geospatial data centralization and dissemination in a disaster Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management32(3): 467-479
  • Blackburn, J.K., Curtis, A., Currin Mujica, F., Jones, F., Dorn, P. and R. Coates (2008) The development of the Chagas’ Online Data Entry System (CODES-GIS), Transactions in GIS 12(2): 249-265.
  • Mills, J.W. and A. Curtis (2008) Geospatial approaches for disease risk communication in marginalized communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships Research, Education and Action2 (1): 61-72.
  • Blackburn, J., McNyset, K., Curtis, A. and M. Hugh-Jones (2007) Modeling the geographic distribution of bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax disease, for the contiguous united states using predictive ecological niche modeling American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 77(6): 1103-1110.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., Kennedy, B., Fotheringham, S. and T. McCarthy (2007) Understanding the geography of post-traumatic stress: an academic justification for using a spatial video acquisition system in the response to Hurricane Katrina Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management 15(4): 208-219.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W. and J. Blackburn (2007) A spatial variant of the basic reproduction number for the New Orleans yellow fever epidemic of 1878 The Professional Geographer 59(4): 492-502.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W. and M. Leitner (2007) Katrina and vulnerability: the geography of stress Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved18(2): 315—330.
  • Dorn, P.L., Monroy, C. and A. Curtis (2007)Triatoma dimidiata(Latreille, 1811): A review of its diversity across its geographic range and the relationship among populations  Infection, Genetics and Evolution 7(2): 343-352.
  • Curtis, A., Blackburn, J.K. and Y. Sansyzbayev (2007) Using a geographic information system to spatially investigate infectious disease, in Tibayrenc, M (ed.) Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases: Modern Methodologies, Wiley & Sons, 405-422
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., Blackburn, J.K. and J.C. Pine (2006) Louisiana State University geographic information system support of hurricane Katrina recovery operations International Journal Mass Emergencies and Disasters 24(2):203–221.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., and M. Leitner (2006) Spatial confidentiality and GIS: re-engineering mortality locations from published mapsabout Hurricane Katrina International Journal of Health Geographics 5:44.
  • Leitner, M. and A. Curtis (2006) A first step towards a framework for presenting the location of confidential point data on maps - results of an empirical perceptual study International Journal of Geographical Information Science 20(7):797-811.
    Hinman, S., Blackburn, J. and A. Curtis (2006)  Spatial and temporal structure of typhoid outbreaks in Washington DC 1906-1909: evaluating local clustering with the Gi* statistic International Journal of Health Geographics 5:13.
  • Leitner, M. and A. Curtis (2004) Cartographic guidelines for geographically masking the location of confidential point data Cartographic Perspectives 49: 22-39.
  • Curtis, A (1999) Using a spatial filter and a geographic information system to improve rabies surveillance data Journal of Emerging Infectious Disease 5(5): 603-606.
  • Fotheringham, A.S., Densham, P.J. and A. Curtis (1995) The zone definition problem and location-allocation modeling Geographical Analysis 27(1): 60-77.

Research Areas
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health
  • Hazards
  • Crime
Andrew Curtis
Department of Geography

Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

Phone: 330-672-2045
Spring 2015
  • GEOG 42052 - 001 Medical Geography
  • GEOG 52052 - 001 Medical Geography
  • GEOG 72052 - 001 Medical Geography
  • GEOG 80998 - 001 Research