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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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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Optimizing Workflows to Share Data Across Sectors: Promising Approaches to Improve Care Coordination

This blog was originally published on the On Center blog of the National Rural Health Resource Center.  To provide coordinated care that meets patients’ needs, many networks and communities are developing information systems to share data across clinical and social service settings. In order for these systems to be effective in connecting patients to the right services at the right time, care teams need access to relevant individual-level data that is seamlessly incorporated into their work p...
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Creating Effective Training and Workflows to Improve Care Coordination

To provide coordinated care that meets patients’ needs, many communities are developing information systems to share data across clinical and social service settings. In order for these systems to be effective in connecting patients to the right services at the right time, care teams need to adjust their workflows to incorporate this new data into their current practice, often at several different organizations. Introducing new technologies or procedures into established workflows can pre...
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The 500 Cities Project: What’s on the Horizon

What is 500 Cities? You may know that the secret to a healthier city is sharing data, but you have also probably discovered that finding and collecting data can be very challenging, particularly at the community level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation, recently released a wealth of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Using a multilevel regression and poststratification (MRP) ap...
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Exploring the Intersection of Clinical Data, Claims and Social Determinants of Health

At a recent HealthDoers Peer-to-Peer Event, 75+ stakeholders met to discuss promising approaches for combining social determinants of health (SDOH) data with traditional health care data. Kelly Cronin, MPH, director of the Office of Care Transformation at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Niall Brennan, former chief data officer at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provided a national-level perspective on the role of SD...
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The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data

To be effective and strategic in their decision-making, city leaders striving to build a culture of health need diverse, usable, high-quality data sources that are integrated, timely, relevant and geographically precise. This post was co-authored by Peter Eckart, Alison Rein and Nick Wallace. Data can be a powerful tool for understanding issues, making smarter decisions, and improving results – and city leaders can help build a culture of health by supporting the collection, access and u...
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An Experiment in Collaboration: The All In Chicago Regional Meeting

In late November, three Chicago-based data-driven health collaborations came together to test a hypothesis: by engaging with similar initiatives to share experiences, lessons and common barriers, could they forge a coordinated path to move their work forward? The three projects are supported by three distinct funders, but all are part of a nationwide learning collaborative called All In: Data for Community Health, which hosted a meeting to expressly cultivate connections among those worki...
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Sharing Data to Help Food Bank Clients Manage Their Chronic Conditions

DASH Project Spotlight: Food for Health: Coordinating Care Across Sectors to Improve Health Among Vulnerable Populations Download project profile (PDF) Lead agency: Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation Partners/collaborators: Parkland Health and Hospital System, North Texas Food Bank The challenge Not surprisingly, a growing body of evidence links food insecurity with diet-related medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension. These diseases can be nearly impossible to ma...
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