Be Creative - Enhance Your Data Reports with Visualization, Examples from the Field

Recorded On: 10/27/2021

Please join us for a NAACCR Talk featuring the data visualization work of some of our colleagues. Representatives from four registries will highlight their experience with data visualization. Each registry will provide an overview of their data products, including Annual Reports and other products like maps, county profiles, and other statistics (both static and interactive). The speakers will also discuss any challenges and future plans they may have.

Presentations and Presenters:
"Visualizing California Cancer Registry data to identify disparities and social determinants of health"
       Debby Oh, MSc, PhD; Data Scientist, University of California
"Cancer Data Visualization: The Louisiana Experience"
       Lauren Maniscalco, MPH, Liaison, Louisiana Tumor Registry
"The Texas Experience"
       Melanie Williams, PhD, Director, Texas Cancer Registry
"Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System Data & Reports"
       John Kollman, MS, Epidemiology Investigator, Ohio Department of Health
       Lynn Giljahn, MPH, Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System Registry

Debby Oh, MSc, PhD

Data Scientist

University of California, San Francisco Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Debby is a data scientist from the University of California, San Francisco's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has worked on a range of public health topics including HIV/AIDS, cancer, childhood adversity, and health disparities. She also has over ten years of experience as a graphic artist. She is currently part of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry’s surveillance team. Her work involves analyzing and visualizing large data sources including data from the cancer registry, electronic health records, census, and other public data sources. 

Lauren Maniscalco, MPH


Louisiana Tumor Registry

Lauren Maniscalco earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the LSUHSC School of Public Health in New Orleans, LA in 2010. Following the completion of her master's degree, she began working as the Special Studies Coordinator for the Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) and became the Registry Liaison in 2016. Ms. Maniscalco manages data dissemination, co-authors the LTR’s annual monographs and reports, and coordinates the data visualization project.

Melanie Williuams, PhD


Texas Cancer Registry

Melanie Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Texas Cancer Registry (TCR), Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

For over 20 years, Melanie has served the TCR in various capacities including Director, Epidemiology and Quality Assurance Manager, Senior and cancer cluster epidemiologist. In 2016 she was the State Health IT Coordinator at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Prior to the Texas Cancer Registry, she held positions in Health Care Quality and Standards and Vital Statistics.

 Dr. Williams has actively served in various leadership positions for both national and international cancer registry organizations, such as serving on the Board of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, as the population-based registry representative on the American College of Surgeons Surveillance Partners Work Group, and on the Centers for Disease Control’s National Program of Cancer Registries Advisory Committee. She was also recognized by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries with their prestigious NAACCR Leadership Award.

Lynn Giljahn, MPH

Registry Manager

Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System

Lynn is the Registry Manager for Ohio.  She ensures that Ohio’s registry meets all national standards for cancer data collection and quality control.  She coordinates with other managers involved with comprehensive cancer at the Ohio Department of Health, including the unit involved with analysis of OCISS data.  

John Kollman, MS

Epidemiology Investigator

Ohio Department of Health

As a cancer epidemiologist for the Ohio Department of Health, John initiates, designs, and conducts epidemiologic projects, research, and investigations pertaining to cancer. John’s cancer publications include Ohio-specific data reports and fact sheets, which can be found on ODH’s Cancer Data and Statistics website. John also provides assistance to Ohio’s local health departments in addressing community cancer concerns.