Data, data, and more data. . .how can we identify reliable sources of health data? On this webinar, we will explore Kentucky health data. Presenters will discuss key concepts in understanding and talking about numbers that matter.

Sarah Ehresman, Joe Benitez, and Rachelle Seger share their experiences in accessing and presenting data for a healthier Kentucky.

Speaker Biographies
Sarah Ehresman is the Research Coordinator at the Kentucky State Data Center (KSDC). She is the primary contact for data requests made through the KSDC website and main phone line, where she is known for her prompt and helpful services. She is skilled in Geographic Information Systems and regularly contributes the use of GIS to research projects through spatial analysis and cartography. Sarah has a BS in Economics and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville.

Joe Benitez is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville. He received a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2015. During his time as a doctoral student, he completed an R36 Dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to investigate the long term effects of Medically Underserved Area designations on access to care.

Rachelle Seger is the Community Health Research Officer for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. She coordinates the Foundation’s data collection and dissemination efforts, which include the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, the Foundation’s data website,, and Health for a Change training series. Rachelle previously served as a Programmer Analyst for the School of Nursing and a Cancer Control Specialist for the Kentucky Cancer Program, both at the University of Louisville. She has completed graduate work in research methodology, health disparities, and statistics at the University of Louisville.

Webinar participants will:

  • Understand basic navigation of data visualizations
  • Become familiar with data resources
  • Be able to identify and define the essential elements of data visualizations
  • Understand proper data citation