Lunch & Learn Series: Data and Digital Literacy: Understanding the gaps; taking action

This month’s health topic will be data and digital literacy. Specifically, we are hoping to discuss ways that times of trauma and uncertainty reveals data and digital literacy disparities and highlights the knowledge translation gap.

May 7, 2020, 12 pm – 1 pm
Webinar Format: Zoom
RSVPs: Register in advance for this meeting here:

We live in a time when information is easy to access. Newspapers, online news sources, and social media contribute to a near-constant stream of data—like numbers, charts, and graphs. But because we see a chart, do we understand it? Do we trust the source? How well do we understand the meanings behind this data and how to use it? The ability to do so is called data literacy. Presenters include:

UrbanKind Institute’s CEO and Founder Jamil Bey, PhD, will present the importance of data literacy as it falls in line with what the UrbanKind Institute calls a think-and-do tank. UrbanKind’s work spans several areas, including: education, environment, housing, jobs, neighborhoods, public safety, and transportation.

Specifically, data literacy “includes the ability to read, work with, analyze and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process,” says Elizabeth Monk, a research specialist in the Urban and Regional Analysis Program with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research. “It involves knowing how to use data to better inform your questions and how to better understand the sources of data.”


The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh partners with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and UPMC and puts together the Take Charge of Your Health page in the New Pittsburgh Courier monthly. Our goal with the lunch and learn series is to lift up the community voice alongside the academics presenting their work in the space. We hope to create opportunities to co-create and co-learn around a health topic that is relevant.






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