Data Analysis and Visualization



NOSORH Manual: Using Data to Define Rural Populations

Understanding the data points that characterize rural communities ensures State Offices of Rural Health have a solid base for providing technical assistance and targeting resources to areas of highest need.

The Using Data to Define Rural Populations manual assists SORH and other rural health stakeholders in identifying the steps to developing an initial dataset for defining rural populations in their state.

The Manual outlines the following steps:

1. Defining rural for your state
2. Identifying your questions
3. Compiling your dataset
4. Answering your questions



Rural Health Data Institute

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 contact Chris Salyers.