About “Visualize This”

Public health professionals are expected to use, understand, and explain data every day; however, most of the public health work force does not have the training to best explain, compare, describe and illustrate quantitative data while ensuring data integrity. This training is designed to advance the trainee’s knowledge of identifying the main message of what they are trying to communicate and allow them to develop the best visualizations to use that will help create a story with impact.  

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Faculty Trainers

Anjali Deshpande

Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor

Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in Iowa City, IA. Her areas of research interest include the development and evaluation of research networks (specifically in maternal and child health and rural cancer prevention and control) and public health workforce development. Dr. Deshpande teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in epidemiology and public health. In addition to training the future public health workforce, she is passionate about teaching current public health professionals. Dr. Deshpande has also developed a number of online training courses for using and communicating public health data in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Institute for Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa—these include Tackling Data and Visualize This. Dr. Deshpande was the consultant epidemiologist for the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) from 2000-2003 and an epidemiology specialist in the Communicable Disease Division at the Oklahoma State Department of Health from 1994-1996. She is active in several professional associations and is currently a Board member of the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA). Contact Anjali

Vickie Miene

Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHC

Interim Director, IIPHRP

Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHC is the Interim Director of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. The Institute brings together public health practitioners, researchers, community leaders and policy makers to expand the impact of public health research and improve the health of populations. Ms. Miene has over 25 years of experience building and evaluating effective community based health care delivery models. Vickie lead a multimillion dollar, multi-year federally funded System of Care in 10 counties of NE Iowa, which gained national recognition as the first SOC that effectively combined social support and medical systems through an integrated team-based model of care. Ms. Miene has lead statewide training and technical assistance initiatives focused on integrated health, large scale quality improvement initiatives, and peer support services for the chronically mentally ill. Vickie currently co-leads a RWJF supported INVEST Health initiative to improve health among low income populations through creating partnerships between health and housing sectors. She has conducted various qualitative studies, most recently an assessment of Iowa public health data needs. Contact Vickie

Alexa Andrews

Alexa Andrews, MPH

Program Coordinator, IIPHRP

Alexa Andrews, MPH is the Program Coordinator for at the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in Iowa City, IA. She recently graduated with her MPH with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. During her time as a student at the University of Iowa, she worked on multiple healthy homes initiatives. Mrs. Andrews worked with the IIPHRP to plan and deliver a healthy homes symposium in conjunction with the City of Iowa City that pulled together a multitude of stakeholders to better the health of this city through housing and healthcare partnerships. After her work on INVEST Health, she began working on the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program project as a Graduate Research Assistant. Since graduation she has transitioned into the Program Coordinator of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program project at the IIPHRP. Contact Alexa

Katherine McDonald

Katherine McDonald, BA

Graduate Research Assistant, IIPHRP

Katherine McDonald, BA, is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Katherine recently graduated with her BA in Biological Chemistry from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, where she conducted biological research and worked as a class mentor. After graduating from Grinnell College she was awarded a Fulbright Grant and taught English as an English Teaching Assistant in Yilan County, Taiwan. Katherine is currently a first-year MPH student in the Epidemiology program at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her interests include maternal and child health, global health, and science communication. Contact Katherine

Test subject

Samantha Wittrock

Administrative Services Specialist

Samantha Wittrock, MPH, MS, is an Administrative Services Specialist at the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She holds an MPH and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Over the last five years, her work has focused on community outreach, education, and engagement to improve community health. Samantha currently works with the IIPHRP to coordinate their Communicating Data training series for public health professionals across Iowa. Contact Samantha

This training is provided free of charge thanks to a collaboration between these organizations:

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