Tell a Story Instead of Just Showing the Data

Be a storyteller, not a number cruncher.

René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH
4 min readMay 18, 2022

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Take a look at the following graph of the number of homicides and homicide rate per year in Baltimore, Maryland:

Bar and line graph showing the number of homicides and the homicide rate per year in Baltimore, with a clear pattern of increased numbers and rate after 2015 after years of decline.
What story do you see? (Data via the FBI Uniform Crime Report.)

If you are not from Baltimore, you might wonder what is going on and why the number and rate of homicides jumps in 2015. You might not know of the daily shootings and almost daily…

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René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

DrPH in Epidemiology. Public Health Instructor. Father. Husband. "All around great guy."