5 charts that help explain Missouri’s urban-rural health gap

Missouri suffers from a case of health care inequality.

Residents of rural Missouri are less healthy than the state’s urban dwellers, and they’re more likely to die at a younger age, according to a report released in late May, 2018, by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, or DHSS.

Inspired by The Health Wealth Gap in D.C. this story is trying to answer these questions:

How bad is the situation? How large is the health care gap in Missouri?

For this story, I have collected and analyzed data from different databases, and I have created graphics to explain the situation.


As trade tensions rise, Missouri agriculture exporters worry about China

For certain segments of Missouri’s agricultural economy, trade talks in early May between the U.S. and China loom especially large.

In the months leading up to negotiations in Beijing on May 5, the two countries engaged in an escalating series of trade maneuvers, with many tariffs threatened and some already imposed.

The story provided a look at how tariffs that have been threatened or enacted could affect some of Missouri’s top agricultural commodities.

For this story, I have researched on the history of trade barriers between U.S. and China, as well as the current proposed tariffs. I have also included opinions from officials, experts and stakeholders around Missouri's agricultural segment. Moreover, for better understanding, I created graphics based on the data to clarify the current picture of Missouri-China agricultural trades.  


Missouri moving forward on plan for $41 million Volkswagen settlement

After months of discussion over how Missouri should spend $41 million from the state’s share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was taking another step in the process on April 20, with the first public meeting since the release of a draft plan for the spending.

For this story, I have researched on the draft plan, where I clarified each piece of data and noteworthy details. The story also included stakeholders' opinions over the draft. Moreover, I created a pie chart for better explanation. 


Human trafficking education for teenagers and parents is in need as cases keep increasing

As the number 17th state in the nation for the most human trafficking cases, Missouri held the record of 135 cases in 2016, almost doubling the number of cases in 2015, according to National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTRC).

The rapid increase reflected on not only the total number of cases, but also cases involving minors. 

I found this story while reviewing the data on NHTRC. Based on data research, cleaning and analysis, I further interviewed Detective Andrew Evans with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, and advocates, finding that the majority of human trafficking cases involving minors is directly connected to cybercrime. Then I wrote the story and visualized the data.


2017 True/False Film Fest directors nationality and gender distribution

There were 36 directors from 19 different countries in 2017 True/False Film Fest, an international film festival based in Columbia, Missouri.

The U.S. had the most directors, followed by Germany and Denmark.

Twenty-two directors are male, and 14 are female. Compared to 2016, the proportion of female directors in total had increased 11 percent.

This piece was a part of the 2017 True/False Film Fest data visualization project. This idea came from diversity issue which has been a concern in the film industry. For this story, I collected the data myself and created a wind rose chart.


Other published data visualization projects