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The Dish - May 2022

DSxHE has lift-off! Last month, we had our official community launch event on 'Health Equity: What has Data Science ever done for us?'. There was a bit of everything: a lively Challenge Jam on a range of health equity topics, a thought-provoking keynote from Sir Michael Marmot, and flowing conversations over Lebanese wraps and deep-fried ice cream. Thank you to all of you who attended, both online and in-person, to make it such a great evening. You can find a few snaps from the event here.

Welcome, one and all For those of you who are new to DSxHE (pronounced 'dish-y'), welcome! What is the Dish, we hear you ask... Every month, we serve up a rundown of what the DSxHE community is up to, upcoming events, job opportunities, awesome resources and funding calls from across the community. We also highlight our favourite articles and data visualisations that have cropped up on our Slack workspace.

What you got cookin'?

This month's DSxHE Digest includes articles on unrepresentative surveys for vaccine uptake in the US and the importance of diversity in patient data. Our Data Viz of the Month is (of course) the amazing live illustration of our launch event.

Last but not least, do join us for the next DSxHE Download on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm BST. The Download is our informal virtual community meet-up where we chat about different topics at the intersection of data science and health equity. This month, we'll be discussing demographic data in diagnosis and the role of businesses in advancing health equity.


The DSxHE Team


And on today's menu....

News from DSxHE

Upcoming DSxHE Events

Join us for The Download, our regular monthly virtual community space to discuss podcasts, articles, papers and more, amongst like-minded members of the DSxHE community! This month we'll be hearing from {Matthew Chisambi + Lena Woldmann} and Brieuc Lehmann, who will be leading discussions on demographic data in diagnosis and the recent Marmot review on the Business of Health Equity.

The event is open to anyone, anywhere, no matter your level of experience or background. Join us on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm (BST).


Data Viz of the Month

For our launch event, we had the fantastic digital illustrator Ralph Mann following proceedings and working his magic to turn the various happenings into ACTUAL ART. You can spot Ralph's takes on the DSxHE themes, the event challenges, Michael Marmot's keynote, and much much more. OK, OK, we know it's not strictly a data visualisation but we hope you'll at least agree that it's a pretty awesome drawing!


The Digest

Diverse voices in data: exploring views & experiences of Black & South Asian communities in the UK on patient data & its uses Bailey Wilson et al. This report is the result of collaboration between Understanding Patient Data and ClearView Research. It found that while people from Black and South Asian communities have a good understanding of patient health data, and believe that it can be used to improve health outcomes, they have low levels of trust in the NHS. This qualititative, participatory research stimulates questions about PPIE, representation & inclusivity.


Unrepresentative big surveys significantly overestimated US vaccine uptake Bradley et al. This paper describes estimates of vaccine uptake as an example of The Big Data Paradox; that increasing data size in surveys magnifies the effect of survey bias. The authors show how a survey of 250,000 respondents produce an estimate of the population mean that is no more accurate than an estimate from a random sample size of 10. Data quality reigns supreme over data quantity in this paper.


Want to see all the articles, podcasts, papers, blogs, videos, funding calls, events and training opportunities that have been shared across the DSxHE Slack workspace?


Call for events

Do you have an idea for an event that might be relevant to the DSxHE community? We have a fantastic (and growing) team of volunteers itching to help you plan, organise and promote it.

Call for themes

Want to shine a light on a specific area of interest in data science and health equity, and want to tap into the DSxHE community? Setting up a DSxHE Theme might be just the thing for you.

Call for partners

We looking for partners to help build the community and support our activities. Four different types of partnerships are available - core, theme, event, and media.


News from the Community

Upcoming events

Here's a few external events coming up in the next month that might float your boat. If there's an event you'd like to highlight on a future edition of this newsletter, then post in on #events on our Slack workspace or get in touch.


Funding calls

We've rounded up some highlights below - come and join our Slack channel to keep updated with the latest funding opportunities.

  • Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize. Teams in the UK and South Africa will explore existing data to find new insights and build digital tools that enable future research. The overarching question for the Data Prize is: What are the ‘active ingredients’ that make a difference in preventing, treating, and managing anxiety and depression in young people? What works, for whom, in what contexts, and why?Application deadline: 5th June 2022.

  • Lacuna Fund: Dataset for Climate applications. Lacuna Fund seeks proposals from organizations interested in developing datasets for equitable climate outcomes in climate & energy and climate & health. An applicant webinar is being held on 17th May 2022, register here. Proposal deadline: 17th July 2022.


Job opportunities

Looking for your next career move or project? We'll bring you a rundown of new roles and opportunities to further health equity through data science. If you're looking to find the next bright star in your team, share your advert with the community on Slack:


That's all folks!


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