This week's Awesome Infographic comes to us courtesy of CDC.
There are so many upsetting statistics in this infographic. I find the disparities between states fascinating. The states with the highest child mortality are fairly rural--Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The states with the lowest rates tend to be more urban--the Northeast corridor, the West Coast--with more rural states like Iowa and Minnesota and thrown into the mix. What are these states doing differently? Are the differences between the states a matter of the rates of life-threatening injuries or disparity in speed and access to medical care? While telemedicine has been rightly hailed as a groundbreaking innovation for improving rural health, it doesn't help much for emergency situations.
This CDC infographic is powerful. It takes complicated data and breaks it down visually so it is accessible to even the least data-inclined reader. It avoids cramming too much information and visual stimulation into one graphic, allowing the data be clearly explained by images and design. CDC does a great job with infographics--check them out!