Visualizing Health Care Data


The emergence of new online tools — built by journalists, for journalists — has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the basic principles of accurately visualizing health care data, how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes, and offer examples of health care data visualizations done well. We’ll also provide a hands-on tutorial of some of the free online tools you can use to get started.

The Health Matters Webinar series is supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. The Center for Health Journalism is solely responsible for the selection of webinar topics and speakers.



Becca Aaronson develops news applications and works on special investigative projects for The Texas Tribune. As a native of Austin with a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 with a passion for building a new media model that promotes civic engagement. She was promoted in 2012 to cover health care for the Tribune, during which time she was nationally recognized for her coverage of women’s health and abortion politics, work which she undertook as a National Health Journalism Fellow with our program. A founding member of the Tribune’s news apps team, Becca left the health care beat in 2014 to work on news apps full-time.

Presentation slides, with links:

Suggested reading & resources