Data Analysis and Visualization

The Rural Health Data Institute (RHDI) is a series of educational webinars designed for busy rural health professionals that want to learn more about incorporating data into their everyday efforts. The sessions are designed for those who want to learn the basics of finding, analyzing, or communicating data to inform program planning and decision-making in, and for, rural communities.

Graduates of the RHDI will have the skills needed to define basic data terminology and analysis methods, summarize the steps to find, filter, interpret and compare rural-relevant data, and evaluate resources and methods of data communication to enhance rural data-driven program planning and decision-making. Recordings of all live sessions are made available to accommodate busy schedules. No homework is required for this course, though participants are encouraged to actively engage in the forum. 

Attendees will participate in eight 1.5-hour webinars with supplemental resources and occasional quizzes, plus a brief introductory session to EduBrite – NOSORH’s learning management system. Session surveys and a final evaluation are required for a certificate of completion.

For more information on the Rural Health Data Institute, please email Chris Salyers.


Using Data to Define Rural Populations

Using Data to Define Rural Populations

The intent of this NOSORH manual is to provide easy-to-access resources for SORH to compile rich descriptions of rural populations without a large investment in data and staffing. This document provides a step-by-step guide on how to develop a rural community dataset, links to free resources and existing datasets, and guidance on analyzing data to answer key questions about rural communities.