For the purposes of this program, DASH uses the following definitions:

Shared data and information

1021-IPHI-DASH-iconography-02This includes both shared data and connected information systems.  Health data is derived from a wide range of sources and includes raw data, aggregate data, summary data, and reference data. Data that is interpreted, analyzed and properly displayed can become information that people use to inform meaningful actions that help improve individual and community health. Connected information system include, but are not limited, to health information exchange, bilateral data bridges, shared access to a data warehouse, or integrated data from multiple sectors with a community in common.


1021-IPHI-DASH-iconography-04Multi-organizational arrangements engaged in ongoing and systematized operations, working across boundaries to solve problems that cannot be solved – or easily solved – by individual institutions acting alone. A collaboration can be either an existing multi-organization partnership with a shared venture, or a stand-alone entity which operates for or on behalf of community collaborations.


1021-IPHI-DASH-iconography-06Intentional collaborations working across boundaries and in multi-organizational arrangements, typically including health care delivery, governmental public health, and personal health and wellness. Sectors “beyond” these traditional health sectors include, but are not limited to, social services, housing, education, transportation, community safety, community development, the physical environment, and business/employers. These sectors are representative of the social determinants of health, and their inclusion deepens understanding of the health of communities, and provides additional and optimal avenues for action.