The Merits of Affinity Groups, Part One: Learn from Your Peers to Get Data Sharing Right

  Can data offer a solution to our public health issues? Is data, indeed, the right solution? Most experts in the field will tell you that the answers depend on what you measure and what measures you implement. But to get the answers right, it turns out, peer learning is essential.   What We Measure “What we measure informs what we do. And if we measure the wrong thing, we will do the wrong thing.” The economist Joseph Stiglitz said these words famously in his critique of using...
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Watch the New DASH Webinar Series

On June 7, 2022, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) hosted the first installment in the three-part webinar series: Advancing Community Health Through Equitable Data Ecosystems. The webinar series introduced the DASH Framework, which highlights the key domains of shared multi-sector data landscapes to and will help to guide communities to leverage their data ecosystem for equitable systems change. This first session focused on Building Foundation with Community. Panelists from DASH-funded com...
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Making Connections Across “The Field”: The DASH Mentor Program and All In Affinity Group Cross-Over

Author: Susan Martinez, DASH Program Associate Spaces for peer-to-peer connections continue to help facilitate learning and engagement in Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)’s funding programs, whether within or across the field of data-sharing for community health. DASH grantees are typically encouraged to join the All In: Data for Community Health Network and participate in learning collaborative offerings, including the All In Affinity Groups. For the DASH Mentor Program, the over...
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ABCD Awardees Announcement

DASH is pleased to announce 11 awardees for the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Cohort. The cohort is designed for organizations and organizers that are highly interested in developing their work through an ABCD program design, which prioritizes local strengths and assets, especially grass-roots community leadership, in order to engage in health equity work. Awardees will receive $20,000 to support the work of their collaboration, especially resident engagement costs; learning and en...
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DASH Releases Publication on Successful Mentor Program

We are excited to announce the latest publication of Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) titled Interconnected: Data, Knowledge, and Action for Community Health. The publication details the important data-sharing work from the first two funding rounds of DASH’s Mentor Program. DASH is a national initiative that looks for new and better ways to help organizations in the public health, social services, and health care sectors share data with one another.  The Illinois Public Health Ins...
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