How can we harness data and information for the health of communities ?

Good morning,   Today, we have two important updates on the Knight News Challenge: Health: - Inspiration phase opens: We’re launching a virtual brainstorming session around the theme of this challenge: How can we harness data and information for the health of communities? During the next two weeks, we want to collect your ideas surrounding the difficulties, successes and opportunities you have experienced with health information. (Official entries will be accepted starting Sept. 3.) -  Additional prizes: Also, two of our collaborators, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation, are providing an additional $200,000 in grants to the $2 million challenge. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award funds to three projects that “best combine public health data and health care data to improve the health of communities.” Meanwhile, California HealthCare Foundation will award funding to one or more projects focused on helping county and city officials use health data for policymaking. My colleagues and I will be traveling around the country for the next several weeks talking with people about the News Challenge. Meanwhile, you can learn more, and submit those inspirations, at newschallenge.org. - John Bracken Director of Journalism and Media Innovation Knight Foundation