Christian Przybylek M.A., Geography and Urban Studies Graduate Certificate, GIS GPA 4.0 Relevant Coursework: GIS for Public Health Environmental Applications of GIS B.A., Political Science
Temple University, May 2016 Temple University, May 2016
Statistics for Urban Spatial Analysis GIS Application Development
Eastern University, May 2010
ESRI ArcGIS 10.3, QGIS, SAS JMP Pro 10, SaTScan, Geospatial Analysis, Data Analysis, Spatial Data Management, Project Coordination, Georeferencing, Microsoft Office Suite, Grant Writing
Lessons from London’s 1854 Cholera Outbreak: Deploying Contemporary Geospatial Statistical Analysis in Data-poor Environments GIS for Public Health - April, 2015
Recognizing that early intervention is essential in securing positive health outcomes when faced with a highly communicable and life-threatening pandemic, this project investigated the versatility of the open source SaTScan spatial statistical package in a resource-poor setting by using London’s 1854 Cholera outbreak as a case study. My primary goal was to demonstrate a proof-of-concept, using spatial statistics to confirm the source of the outbreak by deploying low-cost technologies to perform the analysis. To Identify areas to target public-health resources, I collected data (stored in historical tabular datasets and maps, including land-ownership and census records). By parsing through the data, I was successful in georeferencing historical maps (including John Snow’s famous mortality map) and generated a new map with an estimated population-at-risk. With this data visualized in ArcGIS, I deployed SaTScan to perform quantitative spatial data analysis and confirmed previous findings that the primary vector for the outbreak was the Broad Street water pump. This project demonstrates that a relatively low-cost approach, relying in part on open-source technologies, has the potential to have a high impact in identifying sites for intervention in resource-poor emergency settings.
Nationalities Service Center Philadelphia, PA December, 2010 - April, 2016 Community Integration Specialist & BIA Accredited Representative May, 2012 - April, 2016 In a self-directed effort, I launched and managed a pro-bono legal clinic serving 200 lowincome refugee clients annually in applying for legal permanent residency and humanitarian-based relative reunification petitions. Coordinated the expansion of NSC’s refugee community farming initiative and the conversion of a 3-acre brownfield site into a thriving community farm. This involved managing four part-time seasonal contractors and coordinating with hundreds of volunteers over the course of 16 months. I also developed strong relationships with corporate, municipal, refugee community and other non-profit stakeholders to help ensure the farm’s sustainability and long-term success.
Housing Stabilization Specialist
December, 2010 - May, 2012 Secured the second and third years of a $450,000.00 federal award for refugee housing assistance by implementing programmatic reforms. Prior to my arrival, low audit scores placed the award on probation. My efforts improved scores to above 95% in years two and three, ensuring on-going funding. Ensured that NSC’s refugee resettlement team had access to clean, safe and affordable housing for nearly 400 refugee arrivals annually, meeting our US Department of State requirements for funding by building new relationships with private market housing providers, and negotiating group rates and favorable lease agreement terms for clients who had lacked a credit and rental history in the United States.
Volunteering & Internship
Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia, PA Refugee Welcome House Volunteer September, 2009 - August, 2010 Survivors of Torture Program Intern April, 2009 - August, 2009 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker April 28, 2016 - October 10, 2016 Achieved a long-term goal of successfully thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,189mile footpath linking Georgia to Maine, in one attempt. Fewer than 25% of thru-hike attempts are successful.