National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Podcast

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Podcast

The podcast touches on different subjects including the difficultly organizations have trying to transform data into a meaningful story with visualizations.

Time to Ditch the PDF

Time to Ditch the PDF

You aspire to implement a modern communication strategy. However, your strategy revolves around distributing a set of PDF files — something that is 30 years old and offers little interactivity

Product Update: A New, Improved Data Library

LiveStories is proud to introduce some big improvements to our data library: new charting options and more granular data.

Ask an Epi: Incidence vs. Prevalence

Incidence and prevalence are both ways of measuring the frequency and spread of diseases.

Ask an Epi: Morbidity vs. Mortality Rate

Health expert Sofia Husain describes the difference between morbidity and mortality. 

Latest LiveStories Update: School Districts in the Data Library

You can now map school districts in the LiveStories data library. Browse and compare districts on enrollment and graduation rates and more.

A Story of Resilience and Restoration in San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park

The Tenderloin, a neighborhood in downtown San Francisco, spans 40 blocks and is home to nearly 35,000 residents, many of whom are low-income and immigrants.

Latest LiveStories Update: Better Data Discovery

See how we’ve made it easier for you to browse the 2,000+ indicators in the LiveStories data library.

Takeaways from Seattle's "A City for All" Hackathon

LiveStories recently attended Seattle's "A City for All" hackathon, which focused on making the city friendlier for senior citizens. Here's what we learned.

Introducing: The Shifting States of America

Each year, millions of “geographically mobile” Americans move from state to state. This LiveStories series takes a closer look at the data. 

Telling the Story Behind Infant Mortality Data in Summit County, Ohio

We speak to Cory Kendrick, Director of Population Health at Summit County, about his work reducing infant mortality. 

LiveStories Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding Round

Led by Ignition Partners with participation from True Ventures and Founders Co-Op, the latest round brings LiveStories’ total funding to $13.9 million since the company was founded in 2013.

Takeaways from the 2017 NACCHO Conference

LiveStories learned a lot from the NACCHO conference in Pittsburgh. Here are some of our takeaways.

Growing Healthy Food in a Remote Alaskan Town

Learn how Sitka, Alaska, is growing local, healthy food to combat high rates of diabetes and obesity.

Are people actually reading your PDF reports?

Three problems with PDFs and three ways your organization can get around them.

How to Use Index and Match on Excel

Like peanut butter and jelly, INDEX and MATCH are two Excel functions that work better together. Here's how to use them.

Exploring California's Opioid Data

Dried opium plants in Afghanistan; photo by  U.S. Marine Corps .

Dried opium plants in Afghanistan; photo by U.S. Marine Corps.

LiveStories includes data on opioid-related prescriptions, deaths, and hospitalizations for all 58 counties in California, made available from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Exploring this data provides valuable insights on where and how the opioid crisis hits hardest in the state. For example, you can see how opioid deaths are more concentrated in northern counties (all data is per 100,000 residents):

Many experts trace the roots of the opioid crisis to the overprescription of opioid pain relievers, beginning in the late 1990’s. Health experts now recognize that prescription opioids are dangerously addictive, and in many California counties, opioid prescription rates have stabilized or decreased.

But legal prescription opioids are just one side of the epidemic. Even if legal opioids become harder to obtain, illegal opioids—notably heroin—are surging in popularity, and are often cheaper and more accessible than prescription opioids. The geographical pattern for heroin deaths is also different for overall opioid deaths:

At LiveStories, we’re familiar with this data from our work with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), a coalition of county-based groups dedicated to tackling the opioid epidemic at the local level. We've highlighted the vital work they do in a previous post. Now, the data underlying their work is available to anyone with a LiveStories subscription.

Obviously, the opioid epidemic spreads beyond California. LiveStories is working to add opioid data for all counties and states in America, and our library already includes data on overall drug poisoning rates. You can get a customized report for your county here:

How to Do HLookups in Excel

The HLOOKUP function is useful when you have to find a value in a spreadsheet with many columns. Here's how it works. 

Memorial Day: Data on Americans Who Served

May 29 is Memorial Day, a national holiday for remembering America's fallen military veterans. At LiveStories, we recognize and honor the sacrifices that hundreds of thousands of American veterans have made over the nation's history, and continue to make today.

The tradition of celebrating Memorial Day began shortly after the Civil War. In 1868, a group of Union veterans decreed May 30 as "Decoration Day," a time for laying flowers on the graves of soldiers who died during the war. Many states, both in the north in the south, continued this tradition of remembrance. After more than a century, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1970, during the height of the Vietnam War.

The government's Defense Casualty Analysis System compiles data on America's war dead, going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. The America Community Survey, conducted by the Census, compiles data on America's living veterans. As part of LiveStories' Five Facts series, we've created a brief overview of both sets of data.

The latest installment of LiveStories' "Five Facts" series explores data on veterans.   READ THE STORY →

The latest installment of LiveStories' "Five Facts" series explores data on veterans. READ THE STORY →


Learn how your community can benefit from LiveStories.

The American Community Survey's data on veterans is a small part of our civic data library. Request a demo to see how our platform data can help you draw insights and make an impact. 


How to Do VLookups in Excel

The VLOOKUP function is one of the most useful tools in Excel's arsenal. Here's how to wield it.