Working with Data


Leaders from all practice areas use data to generate knowledge about healthcare systems and outcomes. Big data refers to healthcare data that gets collected from numerous sources and in increasing volume and velocity. Analyzing collected data helps us make informed healthcare decisions and may also help reduce healthcare costs. In this activity, you will analyze a data visualization by telling the data’s story, identifying a trend in the graph, and creating recommendations based on your analysis. This activity will prepare you for the upcoming Project Two by helping you develop skills in using visualized data, interpreting a trend, and creating recommendations based on the trend.


Select a chart in Healthy People 2030 that is of interest to you but that you have not yet explored for another class. First, select a topic area. Then click on a specific objective for the topic. Note that these objectives also show their individual status, such as whether they’re improving or getting worse. Then click the See detailed data for this objective button on your chosen set of data, which will open a chart. Your selection must include more than three data points (years) in order to view a line graph. If your selection is anything but a line graph, you must choose another that is a line graph. You must include a screenshot of your graph with this activity. Provide specific evidence from one scholarly source to support your claims as you work through this activity.

Use the visualization to interpret the data (including the trendline) and explain how the data can be applied in clinical practice.

Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:

  1. Tell the story of the data. Including a screenshot of the chart selected, explain what the data is telling you. Include the limitations of the chart and how this chart helps to visualize the data in a meaningful way.
  2. Estimate the trend. Though there is no trendline included in the chart, the data shows a trend. Imagine where a trendline would be to help describe the trends from the data.
  3. Create recommendations. Describe how you can apply the data interpretation into clinical practice. Include the following in your description:

What to Submit

Submit this activity as a 2- to 3-page Word document using double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins, including a screenshot of the chart. Sources should be cited according to APA style.


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