Knight News Challenge announces $2.2 million grant for projects that ‘unlock the power of health data’

Knight News Challenge

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it would award $2.2 million to seven projects that “harness the power of data and information for the health of communities,” the foundation announced Tuesday. From a press release:

“By addressing the vital area of health each winner highlights the transformative impact that data, when used correctly, can have on communities,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation. “In this way, the projects tackle real-world problems while opening up opportunities for people to explore new ways to apply data — within the health sphere and beyond.”

The winning projects include Positive Deviance Journalism from Solutions Journalism Network, which, according to the press release, will collaborate with newsrooms “and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to scan data sets for examples of positive health results that can lead to important stories.” Tina Rosenberg of Solutions Journalism Network described to Justin Ellis how it plans to use the money.

Other winners include:

Camden Health Explorer from Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Crisis Text Line from DoSomething.org: Homebrew Sensing Project from Public Laboratory; Ohana API from Code for America; Open Humans Network from PersonalGenomes.org; and SafeUseNow from Principled Strategies.

California HealthCare Foundation also gave an additional $100,000 to Positive Deviance Journalism “for its application of public health data to improve the health of communities.”

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