Health Data Visualization Award

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) is pleased to announce the fourth year of the Health Data Visualization Contest. The past award information is listed below. The contest deadline is Monday, March 1st 2021. Winners will be announced at the HMGSG Business Meeting at AAG 2021 and will be posted on our website.

What to Submit

A data visualization using spatial data offering insight into some health or medical geography topic. It could be a static graphic, an interactive web page, narrative or story-telling map, etc. Your visualization can focus on one topic in detail, or facilitate the exploration of multiple associations. No maps are required, but the data you visualize should have some kind of spatial component. We offer two awards for this contest—one for a static visualization and one for a dynamic and/or interactive visualization. This year we will offer a monetary award. The winner of each group will receive $100



  • Individual or team submissions accepted, but at least one person should be an AAG member. Individuals can only be listed on one submission.
  • Health-related data must come from you or your team or be based on publicly accessible secondary data.
  • The submission should contain one graphic element or a composite of multiple graphics that is meant to be viewed as a single visualization (e.g., data dashboard).
  • The visualization must incorporate some spatial aspect or feature of the data.
  • If clinical or personal health information is used, data must be de-identified with no way of tracing back to individuals.

Submission Protocol

  • Submit using this form (
  • Submissions should be submitted as a file (pdf, png, etc) or link (url, github page, etc). A short (< 300 word) description should also be included.


The winner of each group will receive $100 and a certificate.

Core Review Team

  • Michael Desjardins, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jeffery Sauer, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Yanjia Cao, University of California, San Diego
  • Christopher LeBoa, Stanford University
  • Ryan Petteway, Portland State University

Award 2021

Static mapping group

Title: Spatial Network of Cancer Care Utilization and Automated Delineation of Cancer Service Areas in Northeast US

Team: Changzhen Wang, Fahui Wang, and Tracy Onega — Louisiana State University

Interactive mapping group

Title: The US COVID Atlas

Team: Dylan Halpern, Marynia Kolak, Qinyun Lin, Vidal Anguino, Susan Paykin, Xun Li — University of Chicago


Honorable Mention

Title: Housing is a Health Issue! Can We House Those Experiencing Houselessness?

Team: Feminist Mapping Collective: Elsa Noterman, Luke Leavitt, Meghan Kelly, Alicia Iverson, Kela Caldwell, Kallista Bley

Award 2020

Static mapping group

Title: Visualizing COVID-19 Spread and Spring Travels using Mobile Phone

Team: GeoDS Lab@UW-Madison led by Dr. Song Gao

Interactive mapping group

Title: Rapid deployment of open-source mapping tools to track the progression of COVID-19 in the United States

Team: CGIS @UMD – Junchuan Fan, Yao Li, Zhiyue Xia, Hai Lan, Guimin Zhu, Jeffery Sauer, Zheng Liu


Award 2019

Static mapping group

Team: Ryan Petteway from Portland State University

Interactive mapping group


Award 2018

Winning Submission

Title: Visualizing Preterm Birth in Fresno County, CA

Team: Marta Jankowska, Jay Yang, and Jessica Block


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First Runner-Up

Title: Smoking Mapped

Team: Casey Kalman and Meghan Kelly