Summer 2020 Meeting

From August 14, 2020 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm

Join us virtually for the Summer meeting of the Women In GIS - Arizona Chapter. 

All Arizona women working in geospatial fields are encouraged to attend! And, yes, we also welcome men as advocates and supporters of women working in GIS and related fields.  

AGENDA (Tentative, more details to be added soon) 

Welcome: opening remarks, announcements, etc

Technical Presentations: COVID-19 Response Work

  • Nadine Clah, Navajo Housing Authority
    Responding to the coronavirus pandemic for the Navajo Nation has been epic because no one was allowed to physically interact in our normal work environment to collaborate on how to address this pandemic. At the Navajo Housing Authority we made the first attempt to address all the data requests coming from our NHA COVID-19 Task Force and the many humanitarian groups by creating Operations Dashboards embedded into a Story Map. Using the embedded Operations Dashboards have enabled NHA to fully leverage housing data to streamline remote business operations to support NHA’s vision of building sustainable, quality homes. Our attempts are reflected in my pre-recorded video. If you have questions please email them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Shilo Johnson, Maricopa County
    COVID-19 Response at Maricopa County: In the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, Maricopa County established a Unified Command Center (UCC) to coordinate emergency operations across multiple departments.  The UCC called on the County’s GIS Group to build and deploy critical applications to support emergency response efforts. One of the most used applications utilizes ArcGIS Workforce. It enables the Emergency Logistics team to coordinate the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing supplies, and other necessary equipment by volunteers. This presentation will discuss the development, implementation and usage of this app and provide a summary of lessons learned.

  • Nicole Funicello, Maricopa Association of Governments
    Homeless Outreach for COVID-19: The Outreach Viewer is a tool developed by MAG’s Regional Analytics Division to allow homeless outreach organizations to review their encounters. By recording x and y locations during outreach, spatial analysis can reveal where the biggest needs are for the homeless population. The dataset was used to identify locations that require targeted outreach for COVID-19.

Self Care in a World of Uncertainty: Putting Your Mental Health First

Erin Callinan, MSW
We are living in a unique time where taking care of our mental health is absolutely vital. There is an urgent and growing need for us all to recognize the importance of early identification of anxiety, depression and mental health problems. By reducing stigma and promoting help seeking strategies, we can increase self-care practices and identify ways to support overall mental health and well-being. We will discuss ways to talk about mental health from a recovery-focused and person-first perspective, as well as best practices for addressing mental health concerns with those we love. This presentation will identify and promote coping tools for navigating times of uncertainly when our mental health may be at greater risk, and determine when were and to find resources, supports and intervention services.

Wrap-up: questions/comments, ideas for future presentations

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  • Erin Callinan

    Erin Callinan

    Erin Callinan holds a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and serves as the Associate Director of Mental Health America of Arizona. In this role, she provides training, awareness and education about early intervention strategies, legislative advocacy, and workplace mental health. She is a member of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council and a stakeholder on the Arizona Coalition for Insurance Parity. Through stigma reduction, increasing access to services, and activating peer and family voices, Erin seeks to promote messages of hope and possibility for those living with mental illness.

    Erin has 13 years of non-profit leadership experience in the mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault field. She served as the Director of Domestic Violence Response Initiatives at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence for 7 years, and previously as a Domestic Violence Shelter Manager at a crisis shelter in Flagstaff, AZ. She has had the privilege of facilitating training in 23 different states for a variety of disciplines and settings including prisons, hospitals, crisis shelters, police headquarters, and refugee camps.

    In 2017, Erin was the recipient of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter for her work in mental health advocacy and the anti-violence movement. She serves on the Board of Directors for MIKID, a family centered organization for children and youth living with mental illness. Erin is also a youth mentor at New Pathways for Youth and just celebrated 7 years with her mentee, who is now 14 years old and soon to begin high school. In 2013, Erin authored and published her book, Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look into Mental Illness, and hopes that by promoting recovery and reducing stigma, communities can enhance messages of hope and possibility for individuals and families impacted by mental illness.

  • Nadine Clah

    Nadine Clah

    Nadine Clah is the GIS Coordinator and IT Analyst for the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA). Ms. Clah has over 21 years of experience providing technical expertise and implementing GIS and IT strategies.

  • Nicole Funicello

    Nicole Funicello

    Nicole Funicello is a GIS Analyst for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) with 15+ years in the GIS profession. Her responsibilities at MAG include providing GIS support to the Human Services Division’s programs such as the Point in Time count, Heat Relief and Homeless Outreach.

  • Shiloh Johnson

    Shiloh Johnson

    Shiloh Johnson, GIS Analyst for Maricopa County,  has a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from BYU and 14 years of GIS experience. Her background includes data analysis and application development in the areas of Planning and Development and Emergency Management. She has been extensively involved in Maricopa County's COVID-19 response.


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