Seven projects that harness the power of data and information for the health of communities will receive more than $2 million as winners of the Knight News Challenge: Health. Knight Foundation made the announcement at the Clinton Health Matters conference in La Quinta, Calif. Find out more at
Knight News Challenge: Health from Knight Foundation on Vimeo. In our work, we’ve seen time and again that the most successful projects are those that take abstract concepts (“open government,” “community information,” “engagement,”) and make them tangible, relevant and useful to real live humans in our communities. That involves understanding how people are behaving, what they’re interested in, what their constraints are. It involves designing our work to meet people where they are, rather than where we wish they’d be.
Health—as concept, as systems, as a goal—is something every one of us touches and thinks about, over and over, for our entire lives. Few things reach that sort of ubiquity and consequence. That’s compounded now, in the age of mobile and data and consumer technology, by a revolution in what we know about our health and the health of the communities around us. From wristbands that track our sleep to electronic medical records to giant datasets released by the Department of Health and Human Services, we have access to more information that we’ve ever had before.
What can we do with all that knowledge to make our communities better informed about health? We’re doing the Knight News Challenge on this theme because we’re interested in the answer.
This contest is an opportunity to accelerate promising ideas and trends. Our definitions of “health data” and “news” are broad, and range from projects in traditional newsrooms to consumer-facing technology to crunching big datasets. We’re hoping to find and accelerate projects that use data and public information in innovative ways to create strong information flows about health in our communities.
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