Health 2.0 and Lucile Packard Announce The Winner of the Local Children’s Data Challenge

Health 2.0 and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health are proud to announce the winner of the Local Children’s Data Challenge, Team Big Yellow Star, with their interactive tool, Mapping Health. The winning submission is a web-based, interactive data visualization focused on children’s health data in California.

Launched in January, the challenge was sponsored by The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and its website, kidsdata.org, as part of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. Kidsdata.org is home to more than 400 indicators on the health and well being of children across all California communities. The foundation asked participants to use data from its website to create a compelling summary that would draw attention to key problems affecting the health and well being of children, with the goal of promoting action from policymakers, advocates and other stakeholders. Teams were asked to use their creativity in making data about children engaging and easy to understand in any format they chose: a mobile or web application, visualization or game.

The winning application by Team Big Yellow Star (who you may remember as the winner of Childbirth Connection’s Exposing Variation in Maternity Care Quality, Health Outcomes, and Value) is a web-based information tool that allows users to explore different health indicators by state, county and race/ethnicity, with the goal of revealing racial disparities and areas of improvement. The site consists of four informational sections: state level data, state demographics, county level concerns and race/ethnicity and location.

“Making data about children engaging is a vital ingredient to raising visibility about issues affecting their health and well being,” said Andy Krackov, assistant vice president of Programs & Partnerships at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. “Big Yellow Star’s submission to our Local Children’s Data challenge met our goal of presenting data in compelling ways. We appreciate their submission, as well as the work from other developers across the country who submitted entries to our challenge.”

The winning team will receive a cash award of $3,000 and admission to the 5th Annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, CA. At the conference, the team will present their winning application during a panel focused of recent Developer Challenge winners.

You can learn more details about the Local Children’s Data challenge here, and more about the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge here.

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