Join All In: Data for Community Health for the next webinar in our project showcase series highlighting insights and lessons from local collaborations sharing data across sectors to improve community health.
The webinar will feature two projects that are creating new linkages between health systems and food systems to better serve their communities. While promoting individual health is a primary aim, these projects are demonstrating how focusing on food security can reap benefits for the healthcare sector and the community as a whole. By forming community partnerships and data systems linking social service providers, food banks, hospitals/health systems, and other sectors, these projects are fostering environments that improve food access and ultimately lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.
- Food for Health: DASH grantees Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, the Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the North Texas Food Bank and its partner agencies are leveraging the Dallas Information Exchange Portal to improve the diet and nutrition of patients who experience food insecurity and have been diagnosed with chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.
- Improving Health Through a Sustainable Food System: BUILD 1.0 grantees Houston Food Bank and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center worked with North Pasadena’s Sustainable Food System project to launch new programs like food scholarships and the food prescription program (“FRx”) to help community members access food and make healthy choices.
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HIPAA is often considered an impediment to sharing health data between health systems and public health departments. A new report funded by the de Beaumont Foundation and produced by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in partnership with the Network of Public Health Law, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health, provides a roadmap for how to overcome perceived barriers to using electronic health data for public health activities.
Join All In: Data for Community Health for the first webinar in a two-part series on using electronic health data for community health improvement. The webinar will feature presentations from two of the authors of the report, who will discuss the legal underpinnings of data sharing between health systems and public health agencies, provide illustrative examples, and engage in a Q&A discussion.
- Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Denise Chrysler, JD, Director, Mid-States Region of the Network for Public Health Law at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Meaningful engagement of community members is often a desired goal of multi-sector collaborations working to improve community health, though in reality, this can be very difficult to achieve. On this All In: Data for Community Health webinar, representatives from Public Health Seattle-King County, WA and Garrett County, MD will share how they developed and tailored processes and strategies for engaging residents in community health improvement planning as well as some of the barriers and opportunities encountered along the way.