Welcome to Geographies of Health in Place

Welcome to the Geographies of Health in Place (GoHelP) lab, led by Susan J. Elliott, PhD, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.

  1. May 15, 2019Papers accepted for publication!

    GoHelP members continue to promote scholarship in Kenya with two new papers on water, women, and health.

    Congratulations to Thelma Abu on the acceptance of her paper entitled, "What if your husband doesn't feel the pressure?: An exploration of women's involvement in WaSH decision making in Nyanchwa, Kenya". Look for this paper in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Well done, Thelma!

  2. May 1, 2019Susan is running for water: here she goes again!Susan Elliott stands next to the half marathon course map in Niagara.

    Water is life; water is dignity.

    Susan is running the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon to raise $10,000 to support their water and sanitation needs. Thank you so much to everyone who supported Susan last year, helping to raise $6,327 to build latrines for the seniors of Uganda, through ROTOM's safe water and sanitation initiatives. The half marathon will take place June 2, 2019.

    To donate, please visit her Canada Helps page. No donation is too small!

  3. Apr. 23, 2019GoHelP Alum Dr. Elijah Bisung in the news!Dr. Elijah Bisung answering questions at the meeting.

    Dr. Elijah Bisung, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University, discusses the findings of a WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) pilot project launched by his team of researchers. Read the full article titled, Empowerment in WASH Index launched.

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  1. June 30 to July 5, 2019International Medical Geography SymposiumIMGS logo depicting landscape of Queenstown, NZ

    The international Medical Geography Symposium is a conference that occurs bi-annually to connect researchers interested in geography as it relates to health and health care. All individuals interested in global health, environmental health, health policy, urban and rural health, health equity, and public health are encouraged to attend...

  2. Oct. 17 to 19, 2019Canadian Conference for Global HealthLogo for the Canadian Society for International Health

    The 2019 Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) is taking place October 17th - 19th in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  1. June 4, 2014Thoughts about time as a social determinant of health

    What determines health?

    Well, it depends upon how we define health.  Back in the day, the World Health Organization defined health as simply the absence of disease.  When defined in this way, we worked under the assumption that access to health care was the primary determinant of health or at least the prevention of disease.  And then in the early 1980s, along came the Black Report.

    The Report was the result of the mandate given to Sir Douglas Black to investigate the impact of approximately 40 years of the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain; that is, it sought to determine how much change, if any, was seen in reducing inequality of access as a result of the implementation of a national health insurance scheme. Policy makers, politicians, and health care professionals alike were all shocked to find out that not only was the inequality gap not closing...

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Meet our people

Susan Elliott standing agaist a white wall.

Susan Elliott


Susan Elliott is a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on relationships between environment and health, broadly defined...