Module Four: Lessons Learned in Communicating Data Effectively

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Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, graduate students in health care policy, public health, epidemiology, public administration, young professionals working in related fields, professionals and organizations striving to improve their health communication skills. 

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Learning Objectives

  1. To appreciate the importance of creating data communication experiences that emphasize stories about lived experiences as much as data.
  2. To learn to employ different techniques for effectively communicating data, including making large numbers relatable, turning data summaries into games, and personalizing data for end-users.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Completion
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The modules in this course are designed with adaptive learning, with periodic knowledge checks and interactive downloadable workbooks and resources.

Modules have an outline, which can be found on the left side of each module, which include at least one video. At the end of each module, we ask that learners complete an evaluation so we can incorporate your feedback into the course design.


Module Instructor - Hillcrest Advisory

Andy Krackov’s career has focused on the intersection of data and community-level action. His consultancy, Hillcrest Advisory, works with social sector organizations on the front lines of local change to help them communicate numbers effectively and tell stories with data, in order to transform facts into impact. 

The bulk of Andy’s data storytelling experience is in California, where he managed statewide data projects for two foundations. At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Andy helped launch and manage that foundation’s initiative, which leverages local data as a tool to bring attention to children’s issues across California. At the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Andy partnered with the State of California to build a nation-leading open data program to publish, and encourage use of, the valuable health data the state provides. Prior to establishing Hillcrest Advisory, Andy also was vice president for data strategy at the digital agency Velir and previously served as Vice President for Partnerships and Strategy at the data storytelling startup, LiveStories. 

Andy was a researcher and a reporter at U.S. News & World Report and the Chronicle of Higher Education. After receiving his master’s degree in communication theory from Stanford, he managed Stanford’s web presence for five years as the university’s web managing editor.

Andy Krackov

*Please note that continuing education credit is awarded only when all five modules are completed.* Individual modules completed allow for completion credit and a certificate.

Nursing Accreditation

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by APHA/PHN, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Medicine (CME) Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.  The APHA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement: The APHA designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™*.   

Health Education (CHES) Statement

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), a designated approver of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) to receive up to 8.0  total Category I contact education contact hours*.

*Applies only when all modules in this course have been completed.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Completion


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Required Hardware/software

A computer (Mac or PC), preferably with access to a spreadsheet application (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).