Health Disparity Visualization Challenge

Visualize Health Gaps

Despite continued advances in healthcare and technology, there are persistent gaps in health and healthcare across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups around the world. Why is it that one ethnic group continues to suffer from a specific type of cancer while another ethnic group has experienced declining rates of incidence? Understanding these gaps, or health disparities, is crucial to the improvement of healthcare quality as a whole. And so, we are asking the world’s design community to help us understand health disparities through data visualization.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the US has collected data on disparities within ‘priority populations,’ which are groups with unique healthcare needs or issues that require special attention. The overall purpose is to help identify the groups in greatest need and to target quality improvement programs towards them.

In collaboration with the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program (RCMI), we’d like to challenge the world’s designers to produce cutting-edge, informative visualizations of the data to help achieve this goal.


You may use any public data on health disparities, with a focus on priority populations.

AHRQ datasets (US-based) on priority populations are found here: AHRQ Data

Related AHRQ National Healthcare Disparities Report (for some background material) found here: National Healthcare Disparities Report

Deadline for Submissions

  • 23 January, 2011 11:59PM EST

Jury and Judging

  • Adam Bly, Seed
  • Camille Kubie, GE
  • James Perkins, Jackson State University
  • Sandra Harris Hooker, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Richard Yanagihara, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Valerie Montgomery Rice, Meharry Medical College
  • Cesar Fermin, Tuskegee University – College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pat Pearman, GE


  • The winner will receive US$ 5,000 provided by GE
  • The winner will be announced online on and featured in a Winner’s Q&A.;
  • Winner Announced: January 31, 2011


    The winning visualization: Unequal Pair Of Dice by Isao Matsunami.

    Read the recap to see the Honorable Mentions and see all of the entries.

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