DASH Mentor Program

DASH Mentoring

The DASH Mentor Program is designed to celebrate and support the development and deepening of multi-sector collaboration and alignment by:

  1. Supporting, testing and documenting emerging collaborative efforts that seek to share data to help coordinate activities and align local systems and sectors toward common operations and outcomes.
  2. Strengthening established communities’ ability to provide support and consultation and transferring skills and knowledge directly to communities with less experience developing data systems.
  3. Creating and disseminating specific tools/products/resources that can be shared across the All In: Data for Community Health learning collaborative to increase state and/or community capacity to share data and strengthen collaboration among sectors.
  4. Enabling ongoing documentation, learning, and dissemination about pitfalls, best practices, and the mechanisms of success for local multi-sector community collaborations to systematically and sustainably share data.
  5. Enabling and encouraging opportunities for peer learning in the All In learning collaborative.

All details for the Mentor 3.0 Funding opportunity are included in the Mentor 3 Brochure.

Mentors

The DASH Mentor Program supports seven experienced organizations (listed below) in offering targeted technical assistance or subject area expertise to small groups of “mentees.” DASH funds both Mentors and Mentees to participate and has periodic calls for applications. These opportunities are disseminated through the All In: Data for Community Health newsletter and online community.

  • 2-1-1 San Diego bridges health and social services with an equity lens to create a comprehensive care structure. As a leader in this space and in their community, 2-1-1 San Diego helps others address health equity and develop innovative responses to this work. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • Elevate Health builds and deploys transformative multi-sector strategies for equitable whole-person health across life stages. They work collaboratively across sectors with partners and stakeholders to think and act strategically around health goals. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research is a hub for collaboration and interdisciplinary research around the social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society. They also provide the technological and legal infrastructure for data-sharing throughout Western Pennsylvania for public sector agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • United Way Worldwide collaborates with local nonprofits, governments, and the private sector to identify the most pressing community needs and fight for solutions to improve health, financial stability, and education success. They are also a national leader in information referral services. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • The Civic Canopy a community-based organization transforming the way complex problems are solved. They have more than a decade of facilitating multisector collaboration, choosing community health indicators, and addressing priorities. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • The Corporation for Supportive Housing is focused on housing solutions to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources, and build healthy communities. CSH created an open-source data integration tool to help communities integrate homeless services and jail data in order to create a much more accurate illustration of an individual’s service needs. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) combines research, evaluation, analytics, and consulting from within a large health care delivery system. Working across sectors in health care, housing, criminal justice, and education CORE works to collect and analyze multisector data for community health improvement, policy change, and system transformation. Review Mentor specifics here.

How to Apply & Application Resources

The application period for participation in the DASH Mentor Program has been extended and will remain open until February 19, 2021. DASH is making these changes because it has additional capacity in the program and Mentee slots to offer. DASH strongly believes that a full peer-cohort for each Mentor will create a richer learning experience for all participants. 

The application contains five required sections and a sixth optional section. Given the length of the application, we recommend applicants use the Word document here to plan out thorough and concise answers. Please copy and paste answers into the official application form in case there are any technical difficulties during the submission process.

If you have any questions about the application, please email the DASH Program Office at info@dashconnect.org with the title “DASH Mentor Application.” If you come across technical difficulties, please email Susan Martinez at susan.martinez@iphionline.org immediately.

Application Form

FAQs (Posted February 12th, 2021)

Questions may be submitted to info@dashconnect.org (please include “DASH Mentor Program” in the subject line). FAQs are gathered and updates are posted every Friday, so please check back to see if we have posted the answer to your question. DASH can not guarantee answers to questions submitted after February 19. View the FAQs here.

Meet the Mentors and Mentees

Learn more about the past cohorts here. Mentors and Mentees are all members of the All In: Data for Community Health online peer learning community at community.allindata.org, and you may see them participating in discussions from time to time.

Informational Webinar

On December 16, the DASH National Program Office hosted an informational “pitch” style webinar where participants who were interested in learning more about the program could hear directly from the Mentors. View the slides here and view the recording below:

Timeline

  • November 18, 2020 – Announcement for the DASH Mentor Program 3
  • December 7, 2020 – Applications for the DASH Mentor Program 3 opens
  • December 16, 2020 – Informational ‘Mentor Pitch’ webinar at 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST with interactive Q&A. View it here
  • NEW deadline: February 19, 2021, end of day
    • Rolling responses to FAQs until February 17
  • Early March 2021 – Applicants notified of acceptance status and award letters initiated
  • Late March 2021 – NEW Program Start Date
  • April – November 2021 – Cross-cohort learning opportunities
  • December 5, 2021 – Final evaluations due
  • December 15, 2021 – End of award period

How to join All In

If you’re new to All In, the first step to join is to sign up for the online community (community.allindata.org) and create an individual member profile. If you do so by the application deadline, you will be eligible for funding from the DASH Mentor Program.

Questions?

Please direct all questions regarding the DASH Mentor Program to info@dashconnect.org with the subject line: “Mentor Program.”