Workshop: Using Google Maps to Assess Social Determinants of Health

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Workshop Time:  1:00 PM  (PDT) 


Tara Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC
Director, Academic Innovation, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Lisa Brophy, EdD, MNE, MSBA, RN, CNE
Assistant Dean for Education, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Moderator: Rachel Lancaster
Instructional Technologist, Academic and Instructional Innovation, Samuel Merritt University


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In this workshop presenters will describe how students use Google maps as an interactive pre-learning and in-class, collaborative activity to assess social determinants of health. Opportunities for scaffolded learning using the tool will be reviewed.


The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) have a profound impact on health outcomes. The effects of poverty on wellness and the inequitable structures and processes inherent in today’s healthcare systems often pose invisible barriers to achieving optimal health in vulnerable populations. In the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses, undergraduate students experience a variety of innovative, interactive learning experiences focusing on population health concepts early in the curriculum, allowing them to then apply these concepts in practice settings throughout the program. In addition, these educational opportunities can better prepare them to care for vulnerable populations after graduation. This presentation will focus on utilizing Google Maps to explore and assess social determinants of health and resources in a local community. Presenters will review teaching/learning strategies, examples for scaffolded learning, and students outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe how Google Maps can be used as a platform to assess social determinants of health.
  2. Identify interactive, collaborative learning activities focusing on vulnerable populations and social determinants of health concepts. .

Workshop Tags

Specialty Apps, Clinical Applications, Google Maps

Required Participant Experience

Novice (limited experience) 


Demonstration, Use Case, Interactive Exercise, Discussion, Q&A

Required Devices

iPad, Computer

Required pre-installed apps


Presenter Biographies

Tara Serwetnyk
Dr. Serwetnyk started her nursing career on a pediatric intermediate care unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY in 2002. She has experience caring for infants and children in both intensive care and general care, in-patient settings. Dr. Serwetnyk is a three-time graduate of the University of Rochester, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school of nursing, and her doctorate in education from the Warner School of Education in 2021. Throughout her career she has focused on using innovative education strategies in her practice. While working at the University of Rochester Medical Center, she worked to improve professional nursing certification rates for pediatric nurses. As the training center coordinator, she served on the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) board and implemented the RQI program at URMC with a goal to improve resuscitation outcomes. Dr. Serwetnyk joined the University of Rochester School of Nursing in June 2018 and is now the director of academic innovation. In this role, she oversees instructional design, the development learner-focused, interactive educational activities, integration of technology, Quality Matters certification, and assessment. She also co-leads the Redefining our Classroom (iROC) iPad program, which successfully achieved Apple Distinguished School designation in October 2021.

Lisa Brophy 
Since joining the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Dr. Brophy has been involved in teaching in both of the school’s undergraduate programs. Currently, she is the assistant dean for education and an assistant professor of clinical nursing. As a nurse for more than three decades, she has held positions in practice, education, and leadership caring for patients in a variety of acute care settings as well as providing perioperative and emergency nursing management. She is the recipient of the 2018 Josephine Craytor Nursing Faculty Award and the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Previous to her role as assistant dean of education, Brophy was the co-director of the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business, master’s in nursing education from Roberts Wesleyan College, and her EdD in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education. She is a member of FLONEL and Sigma Theta Tau and recently completed the AACN Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing fellowship.