DASH-CIC-START Enables More Communities to Go “All In” to Improve Health Through Data Sharing

All In: Data for Community Health, a learning network focused on transforming health through partnerships to share data, is actively working to help more communities make progress towards using multi-sector data to tackle community health challenges. In an effort to further support communities participating in All In, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) offered five new awards through CIC-START, a program that provides limited funds to help local leaders take meaningful steps toward planning or implementing multi-sector data systems. CIC-START awardees will share their progress with other communities through peer-to-peer learning activities facilitated by All In.

“We’re excited about the potential of DASH CIC-START to catalyze and spread promising practices throughout the All In network,” says DASH Co-Director Peter Eckart at the Illinois Public Health Institute. “It is essential that early innovators share their successes and failures. That is the best way we can make meaningful progress in this field together.”

The five awardees selected are:

  • Hood River and Wasco Counties, OR: Community Pathways Collaborative is integrating two existing data systems to seamlessly exchange referrals and information across health care, behavioral health, and social service sectors. Led by Jefferson Health Information Exchange d.b.a. Reliance eHealth Collaborative
  • Denver, CO: East5ide Unified/Unido: Community Data to Drive Change is using Results Based Accountability methodology to harness community and partner perspectives and enable data-informed decision-making. Led by Civic Canopy
  • Montgomery County, MD: Envisioning Equity in Montgomery County, Maryland Using Data is convening workshops with multi-sector stakeholders to develop indicators to address social and health inequities and recommend requirements for a new data sharing hub. Led by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Whatcom County, WA: Ground-level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) Data Project is developing a plan to implement the GRACE client registry, a multi-sector data platform that will support individuals who have frequent contact with law enforcement, health care, social services, and other public systems. Led by Whatcom County
  • Linn County, IA: Measuring Social Determinants of Health Progress Using Linn County C3 Shared Data Platform is creating, reviewing, and testing a social determinants of health assessment tool, which will be integrated into an existing multi-sector data platform. Led by Linn County Public Health

DASH CIC-START will release its next call for applications later this year to further support members and expand the All In learning network. All In offers many opportunities to connect with other professionals with relevant expertise, find practical tools and resources, and participate in virtual and in-person events. Anyone can join All In by signing up at allin.healthdoers.org, and All In members will be eligible for future CIC-START funding.

“We hope that CIC-START and All In can activate stakeholders in neighborhoods across America to collect data that reflects the social, environmental and economic forces that impact community health,” says DASH Co-Director Clare Tanner at the Michigan Public Health Institute. “Equipping community leaders with meaningful and accurate data is the first step in achieving system-wide changes that are effective in addressing the root causes of health inequities.”

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About Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)
As part of its multi-sector data and information system focus, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched DASH, which aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to share data for community health improvement. The DASH National Program Office is led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute. To learn more, visit www.DASHconnect.org or follow us on Twitter at @DASH_connect.

About All In: Data for Community Health
All In: Data for Community Health is a nationwide learning collaborative that helps communities build capacity to address the social determinants of health through multi-sector collaborations working to share and use data. Collectively, All In includes over 100 community collaborations from across the country. All In partners include Data Across Sectors for Health, New Jersey Health Initiatives, the BUILD Health Challenge, the Public Health National Center for Innovations, the Public Health Innovations Lab and communities previously funded by AcademyHealth and the Colorado Health Foundation. To learn more, visit www.allindata.org or follow us on Twitter at #AllInData4Health.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.