Bridging the Data Gap Between Health Care and Social Services

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DASH Project Spotlight: Maine Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Lead agency: HealthInfoNet Partners/collaborators: Seven federally qualified health centers, three critical access hospitals, and two community action agencies The challenge In Maine, people living in isolated rural areas often face barriers to getting the care they need. Many lack adequate transportation to medical appointments or are forced to make difficult choices between paying for health care and other basic need...
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Explaining the Value of Data Sharing: Lessons Learned

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Health leaders, including those in public health, are increasingly engaging and mobilizing community partners from multiple sectors to share and use data to address social determinants and improve population health. Building meaningful relationships with other sectors requires engagement and determination of common values that clearly map to the potential benefits of collaboration and data sharing. This is no easy task, as different entities engaged in data sharing projects, particularly those f...
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Creating a More Complete Picture of Health in NYC Neighborhoods

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DASH Project Spotlight: Neighborhood Tabulation Areas: Enhancing Community Health Improvement Capacity in NYC through Shared Information at the Small Area Level Lead agency: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Partners/collaborators: NYC Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, NYC Department of Planning, United Hospital Fund of New York, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Fund for Public Health in New York The challenge In New York City (NYC), residents living just ...
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Four Tips for Navigating Consent to Facilitate Data Sharing

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Sharing data within and across sectors requires the simultaneous protection of individual privacy and the latitude to make available information that can be used to improve individual and population health. During a recent webinar hosted by All In: Data for Community Health, speakers with deep consent expertise from various disciplines shared their unique perspectives, addressed questions, offered specific strategies, and suggested resources. Taken together, they suggest that consent is a thread...
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Linking Housing and Health Data to Improve Residents’ Well-being

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DASH Project Spotlight: King County Data Across Sectors for Housing and Health Lead agency: Public Health - Seattle & King County Partners/collaborators: King County Accountable Community of Health, King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority The challenge As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Seattle has seen rental prices increase by 41% in the past five years. This demand has left many low-income residents with fewer options for safe, low-cost housing. T...
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All In Contributes to National Conversation on Establishing a Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-being

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The dangers of being sucked into a jet engine One major hurdle for local public health mission capacity is the limited availability, granularity and timeliness of data collected by federal agencies. Reflecting the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, federal agencies are actively working to expand access to numerous data types and sources, including vital and health statistics data. At the behest of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the National Committee on...
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Webinar: Navigating Consent

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During webinar, hosted by All In: Data for Community Health, presenters gave an overview of consent issues affecting communities (e.g., opt-in vs. opt-out, client engagement, etc.) and discussed questions and use cases from communities. Webinar materials: Presentation slides Consent resources Webinar notes Common terminology and definitions Agenda and bios Navigating Consent from Data Across Sectors for Health on Vimeo.
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Three Ways Communities Are Sharing Data to Improve Health

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As communities form multi-sector collaborations to share and use data that supports their ability to better understand and address the social determinants of health, there is a growing recognition of the need to expand partnerships and build capacity beyond the health care sector. A primary aim of Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is to better understand local initiatives that are pioneering new ways to integrate data systems from multiple sectors with the ultimate aim of improving community...
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Integrated Care for People with Disabilities: Lessons from an Accountable Care Organization

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DASH Project Spotlight: Altair Accountable Care for People with Disabilities Lead agency: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Partners/collaborators: Altair Accountable Care Organization, four behavioral health specialists, six disability service providers, one primary care provider, and two local public health departments The challenge One out of every three people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may also have behavioral health issues. However, very little has been ...
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Master Person Indexes: Key Factors to Consider

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Master Person Indexes (MPIs) help maintain consistent, accurate person data across various health care and community organizations, making them a powerful tool for population health management. To generate a better understanding of how MPIs are used in practice, All In: Data for Community Health hosted a recent webinar where experts shared considerations for using and developing MPIs. We’ve summarized some of their key lessons and insights. Why use an MPI? The purpose of an MPI is to properly ...
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