About Tackling Data

As professionals engaged in public health activities, you are expected to use, understand, and explain data everyday; however, most of the public health work force does not have the training to best describe, compare, and visualize quantitative data while ensuring data integrity. This online course will advance your knowledge of quantitative data, provide online resources, and provide skill building to assist you in visualizing and communicating data.

The format of this online training will be a combination of presentation, large group discussion, and small group activities.  

To view upcoming training dates and register, please visit our events page!

Faculty Trainers

Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor

Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in Iowa City, IA. Her areas of research interest include the development and evaluation of research networks (specifically in maternal and child health and rural cancer prevention and control) and public health workforce development. Dr. Deshpande teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in epidemiology and public health. In addition to training the future public health workforce, she is passionate about teaching current public health professionals. Dr. Deshpande has also developed a number of online training courses for using and communicating public health data in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Institute for Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa—these include Tackling Data and Visualize This. Dr. Deshpande was the consultant epidemiologist for the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) from 2000-2003 and an epidemiology specialist in the Communicable Disease Division at the Oklahoma State Department of Health from 1994-1996. She is active in several professional associations and is currently a Board member of the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA). Contact Anjali

Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHC

Director, IPHPRP

Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHC is the Director of the Institute for Public Health Practice, Research and Policy and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. The Institute brings together public health practitioners, researchers, community leaders and policy makers to expand the impact of public health research and improve the health of populations. Ms. Miene has over 25 years of experience building and evaluating effective community based health care delivery models. Vickie lead a multimillion dollar, multi-year federally funded System of Care in 10 counties of NE Iowa, which gained national recognition as the first SOC that effectively combined social support and medical systems through an integrated team-based model of care. Ms. Miene has lead statewide training and technical assistance initiatives focused on integrated health, large scale quality improvement initiatives, and peer support services for the chronically mentally ill. Vickie currently co-leads a RWJF supported INVEST Health initiative to improve health among low income populations through creating partnerships between health and housing sectors. She has conducted various qualitative studies, most recently an assessment of Iowa public health data needs. Contact Vickie

Sofie Dollison, MPH, CHES

Project Coordinator, IPHPRP

Sofie Dollison, MPH, CHES is a Project Coordinator at the Institute for Public Health Practice, Research and Policy at the University of Iowa working on multiple different projects including the implementation of a childhood health education program, conducting a program evaluation for a statewide lead in water testing program, and coordinating the Communicating Data training series for public health professionals across Iowa. She holds an MPH with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa. Sofie is a Certified Health Education Specialist and received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Iowa with additional training in nonprofit management. In her role, Sofie consistently focuses on student engagement and mentorship, volunteer management, educational video development, data collection and analysis, and quality improvement. Contact Sofie


Want to build your understanding of or brush up on foundational data concepts before the next training? Sign up for our FREE self-paced, 20-minute course, “Data Basics!”

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