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Hard Data: From Evidence To Action

Hard Data examines the many ways data is used to develop policy that can improve the health of communities. Episodes feature interviews with experts in health, data, and public policy.

The podcast series is presented by the National Violence Prevention Network and American College of Preventive Medicine. Network partners and other organizations looking to share episodes to their members and audiences may utilize the promotional resources at the bottom of this page.


Working With Policymakers on Injury and Violence Prevention

Paul Bonta, director of government relations for the Safe States Alliance, discusses how data is used to educate policymakers and make informed decisions on health care policy. (July 10, 2020 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn)

Reaching Out to Underserved Communities

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The poorest communities are usually hit the hardest by natural and man-made disasters — like the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. In this episode, Dr. Ayanna V. Buckner, principal of the Community Health Cooperative in Atlanta, discusses ways to connect with such underserved communities and rebuild trust. She describes long-standing, structural problems that have made it difficult for researchers to study these isolated communities, and she highlights strategies for improving public health while attracting diverse, new talent to the field. (July 10, 2020 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn, Promotion package)

Improving Health in Rural America

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West Virginia didn’t suffer as many COVID-19 deaths through the first wave as experts originally expected. Dr. Michael Brumage, medical director of Cabin Creek Health Systems and director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency at West Virginia University, says that data is to thank for that. In this episode, Dr. Brumage discusses what his state did right in preparing for the pandemic. He also delves into the widening health disparities between rural and urban communities and highlights new ways to look at data and expand care. (June 25, 2020 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn, Promotion package)

NVDRS: Linking Data to Save Lives

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The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) collects data from across the country to shed light on the circumstances surrounding homicides and suicides. In this episode, Dr. Sabrina Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, describes how the study of violent deaths has evolved since the inception of the national system and how it can be used to prevent violence in families and communities for years to come. (June 25, 2020 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn, Promotion package)

Health, Equality, and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated long-standing, racial disparities in our healthcare system. In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Zaza, president of the American College of Preventive Medicine, discusses how data is used to inform public policy during an emergency — and how it can be used to close gaps in care. She examines the complex relationship between social inequities and patients’ health outcomes while suggesting ways to address both simultaneously. (June 25, 2020 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn, Promotion package)

Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention is one of the major public health challenges the U.S. faces today, but effective policy is impossible without understanding the problem and all the factors that affect the crisis. Jonathan Singer, PhD, president of the American Association of Suicidology, shares his perspective on how healthcare data can augment the ability of frontline caregivers and healthcare professionals, in addition to informing good policy. (November 22, 2019 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn)

The National Violent Death Reporting System

An in-depth look at how the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System was founded and the important role it plays in helping policymakers, advocates, and healthcare workers prevent violent deaths, including homicides and suicides. Cathy Barber, senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health Injury Research Center, shares her role in the program’s beginnings and her research using the data. (November 22, 2019 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn)

Data Driving Healthcare

A look at the importance of using data to develop effective public policy that can improve health outcomes and prevent death across the population. Tom Leary, vice president of Government Relations at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, explains how health information technology has become the foundation of healthcare policymaking around the world and why the federal government should prioritize funding for data collection programs. (November 22, 2019 / Apple, Spotify, Libsyn)


Network partners sharing recent episodes may utilize the promotional assets provided by the American College of Preventive Medicine. Links to previously issued promotional packages are available above with each episode.