DASH CIC-START Names Fourteen Communities Committed to Improve Health Through Multi-Sector Data Sharing

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) has awarded fourteen grants, totaling $350,000, to support projects that improve health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. DASH is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Illinois Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, serves as the National Program Office for DASH and will assist grantees as they develop, implement and evaluate their funded projects.

Now in its fifth year, DASH forms multi-sector collaborations between health care, public health, social services, housing, education, transportation, law enforcement and the private sector with aim to empower communities to make better decisions that lead to healthier communities through multi-sector data sharing.

“These fourteen communities see the value of reaching outside of their own organizations to solve complex health issues,” says DASH Co-Director Peter Eckart at the Illinois Public Health Institute. “We put a priority on funding strong collaborations, value-driven data systems, and using equity to improve their communities.”

Over the next 6 months, these DASH awardees will use funds to jumpstart local efforts. Each project has a different focus – some planning, convening partners, coming up with recommendations, piloting tech, integrating data etc.  Through All In: Data for Community Health, DASH will facilitate peer-to-peer learning among the 14 grantees and connect them to community multi-sector data sharing initiatives across the country through a national network, which will provide expert guidance, technical assistance, shared knowledge and facilitation of cross-sector stakeholder engagement.  At the end they join the All In learning collaborative for peer networking, learning and dissemination of their lessons across the network.  These networking activities are intended to invite and leverage the participation of other initiatives across the country and build relationships to extend the use and dissemination of evidence-based best practices.

The DASH grantees will receive $25,000 each to develop and implement multi-sector data sharing projects:

  • Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County; Hillside, IL; The Housing + Health Bridge project integrates homeless services and health care systems.

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Chicago, IL; A multi-sector response to drowning.
  • Better Together Central Oregon; Redmond, OR; Coaching to incorporate shared outcomes in health and education for continuous improvement processes.
  • Boston Medical Center Corporation; Boston, MA; Shared housing and health data resources collected for multi-sector partners.
  • Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Camden, NJ; Data sharing in order to strengthen whole-person care and cross-sector collaboration.
  • Crisis Response Network Inc; Tempe, AZ; Aligning statewide 211, homeless social service sector and multiple health care plans throughout rural communities in Arizona to improve health equity and access. 
  • DataHaven; New Haven, CT; Resident-led storytelling to transform innovative new datasets into powerful organizing, communications, and advocacy tools.

  • Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (CHNA 20); Quincy, MA; Coalition building, stakeholder engagement, and data collection to uncover the root causes of transportation-related barriers and access to care.

  • Health Leads, Inc.; San Francisco, CA; Bay Area housing affordability to help improve health outcomes for community residents. 
  • Metro United Way, Inc.; Louisville, KY; Shared data platform linking health, social services, and education sectors to connect students and their families to social services and health supports across the community and drive outcomes in new ways.

  • Minneapolis Public Housing Authority; Minneapolis, MN; Human centered design approach to involve public housing residents in developing a dashboard and sharing documentation.

  • UMSL Community Innovation and Action Center; St. Louis, MO; Collaboration between United Way 211 and BJC HealthCare to build a Community Information Exchange (CIE) that connects client data across health and social service providers.

  • United Way of South Hampton Roads; Norfolk, VA.; Data integration from non-health, community-based organizations, using a system of shared measures to align and track outcomes from both healthcare organizations and community-based initiatives.

  • WNC Health Network; Asheville, NC; Health data from a 16-county region in western North Carolina works to improve the stories we tell with our data through an equity lens across sectors.


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About Data Across Sectors for Health

As part of its multi-sector data and information system focus, RWJF launched DASH. DASH aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement. The DASH National Program Office (NPO), led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and with support from the Foundation, is responsible for leading DASH. To learn more, visit www.DASHconnect.org or follow us @DASH_connect.

The DASH National Program Office is led by the Illinois Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.