DASH Mentor Program

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for multi-sector community health initiatives that are in the advanced stages of data sharing. The DASH Mentor Program recognizes high achievement in multi-sector data sharing and seeks to amplify and replicate successful local efforts. Awardees will receive up to $50,000 to serve as "Mentors" for the All In: Data for Community Health network, spreading their knowledge and supporting peers while continuing to ...
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A Shared Agenda for Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Medicaid

By Clare Tanner, PhD, Co-Director of Data Across Sectors for Health at the Michigan Public Health Institute A growing number of health care providers are strategically aligning with other sectors to collect data that allows them to gain a better understanding of patients’ social determinants of health (SDOH)—such as access to food, housing, and employment—as these factors have a profound impact on health. As Co-Director of Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), I have witnessed the challenges...
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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 o...
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DASH Bright Spot: Partnering with Managed Care Organizations to Share Data for Community Health Improvement

Health departments are increasingly recognizing that managed care organizations (MCOs) can be critical allies in working collaboratively to share key data and understand health outcomes and health care service utilization in their communities. The Allegheny County Health Department is one example of a public health agency that has forged successful partnerships with MCOs in order to work towards shared population health goals. Allegheny County Health Department leveraged its existing partners...
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DASH Bright Spot: A Legal Approach to Sharing Health & Education Data

Data sharing partnerships between health and education sectors can help both parties work toward a common vision of improving students' well-being. Although the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) can sometimes discourage communities from taking action, one Chicago collaboration developed a proactive data sharing and services agreement that eliminates common roadblocks to implementing health programs in schools while protecting students' privacy. Motivated by the desire to move proj...
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Health Care Data 101

The DASH National Program Office developed this informational guide to provide an overview of common terms used when discussing health care data to promote a shared vocabulary across sectors. Given the diversity and complexity in health care data systems, this guide serves as a starting point for non-health sector professionals who want to further investigate the health care data available in their local communities and consider how to best leverage it to tackle priorities identified by multi-se...
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DASH CIC-START

Request for Applications Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, is excited to announce a call for applications for Community Impact Contracts - Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted (CIC-START). DASH CIC-START aims to help local collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve communi...
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Five New DASH Awardees “CIC-START” their Efforts to Improve Health through Data Sharing

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, welcomes five new awardees to participate in a 6-month pilot initiative called CIC-START (Community Impact Contracts – Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted). DASH CIC-START aims to help local collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve commu...
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Webinar: Big Cities, Big Data, Big Lessons! Leveraging Multi-Sector Data in Public Health to Address Social Determinants of Health

This webinar featured four community collaborations, led by health departments, working to integrate data from sectors that influence individual and community health, such as housing, education, social service, economic development, and safety. These health departments include the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Allegheny County Health Department, Baltimore City Health Department, and Public Health Seattle & King County. Each panelist discussed how they are accessing, ...
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Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health

A new report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health, is a roadmap for how to overcome perceived barriers to using electronic health data for public health activities. HIPAA is often considered an impediment to sharing health data between health systems and public health departments, but this report outlines the legal underpinnings for data sharing and provides illustrative examples of constructive use...
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