The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking ways to make behavioral health data easier to understand and use.

HHS is sponsoring a new challenge for software developers, public health experts and others to analyze, organize and visualize behavioral health risk data, with cash prizes totaling $15,000. The challenge runs from July 28-October 28.

Called VizRisk, the goal is to “foster increased utilization, innovation, and critical analyses of publically available but underutilized government health data to better inform personal and health policy decisions,” according to a July 21 Federal Register notice. “We will be asking participants to use CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data in combination with other publicly available government data sets to reveal key insights, trends, and relationships.”

Submissions must be graphic, dynamic visualizations that combine three or more variables (e.g. showing the relationship between behavioral patterns, health risks, and medical costs). Participants are free to use any pre-existing, customized, or new tools to produce these visualizations. More information is available here.

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