Making a Change to Advance Community Health, Part Two: Building Foundation with Communities

The DASH Framework describes the most important landmarks we need to consider within the landscape of data sharing as we work to improve the well-being of people and their communities. Our first landmark? Building trust with the community.   The DASH Framework Data can show how social and health factors are connected, so we may use that knowledge to inform policies and practices that contribute to better health and racial equity in the nation. However, organizations that engage in ...
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Making a Change to Advance Community Health, Part One: Why Start with Trust

    Collecting and sharing data to design measures that make people healthier sounds like a straightforward concept. Yet, anyone who’s ever set out to do this work knows that there are myriad complicated factors to consider along the way. Arguably, the most important among them is building trust with the community that the data-sharing work is meant to benefit.   Distrust in Technocracy American public health, and politics in general, represents a type of governance...
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The Merits of Affinity Groups, Part Three: How to Start Your Own Affinity Group

  By definition, collecting and exchanging data across different sectors to improve the health of people is a collaborative process. Peer learning groups, or ‘affinity groups’, are a great way to begin or develop that process. So, here’s how you can start your own affinity group.   All In Affinity Groups In our previous posts, we’ve made a case for the benefits of peer learning by examining the All In network’s Affinity Groups in greater detail. In case you haven’t read our po...
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The Merits of Affinity Groups, Part Two: How Peer Learning Works

  It’s essential to challenge and expand the ideas we take for granted when we engage in the work of data sharing. Peer learning is a great way to do that. It allows us to stretch the boundaries of our imagination and create space for those who hold different kinds of knowledge.   Where You Stand Matters What we know and what we are permitted to know are often influenced by our gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and physical abilities. Put simply, knowledge is socially ...
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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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