IHME aims not only to measure health but also to increase awareness of health problems and solutions. To further this goal, several staff members represented IHME at Health Journalism 2014, the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Senior Communications Officer Rhonda Stewart discussed using data to put local health into context, a topic that has gained traction since our US Health Map was produced, showing county-level results for all 50 states.

William Heisel, Director of Communications at IHME and writer and editor for the University of California’s Reporting on Health initiative, took part in the panel discussion “Transparent reporting: Investigating in the open.” And in a forum on big data, Peter Speyer, IHME’s Chief Data and Technology Officer, reviewed IHME’s uses and management of large datasets.