News from All In: Data for Community Health
April 2017

Get the latest updates from All In: Data for Community Health, a partnership building a data movement that empowers communities to address the social determinants of health. All In partners include the Community Health Peer Learning (CHP) Program, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Colorado Health Foundation - Connecting Communities and Care.

Toward Data-Driven, Cross-Sector, and Community-Led Transformation: An Environmental Scan of Select Programs 

CHP conducted an environmental scan of multi-sector initiatives driving toward population health improvement at the community level, many with a focus on capturing, sharing, integrating, and using data to support their work. The scan and associated report reveal the emergence of a movement - a convergence of programs and people connecting across traditional and non-traditional boundaries, and working together to improve community health. 

Learning Guide: Collecting Quality Data for Performance Management

CHP's first learning guide, part of a series of guides developed by the Subject Matter Expert communities, is now available! This guide from Essential Access Health is intended to support population health performance management for those using electronic data. It offers best practices for choosing measures, collecting accurate and comprehensive data, and assessing program performance. 

Strategy Brief: Using Data to Impact Community Health and Drive Action

Setting up a data sharing agreement between different sectors is a complicated process, filled with potential challenges and stumbling blocks. Identifying and preparing for potential pitfalls can help limit their impact. A new strategy brief from Practical Playbook identifies common challenges and actionable strategies for sharing data across sectors. 

Connect, Collaborate, Communicate: The Story of the EDM Forum

A new report traces the story of the EDM Forum, from a group of individual projects to a community of more than 4,000 stakeholders, 400 resources and more than 35 collaborative projects all aimed at improving the use of health data to transform health care. Supported by AHRQ, AcademyHealth employed a model focused on bringing innovators together, supporting them in priority-setting and collaboration, and enabling them to disseminate their findings to leave a lasting mark on health care delivery systems research. 

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Health Systems Find Partners for Multi-Sector Data Sharing

In this Healthcare Informatics blog, All In leaders discuss the economic and regulatory forces that are encouraging health systems to focus their energy on sharing data more broadly across sectors. The blog shares insights from communities that are building social determinant tools into electronic health records and integrating data through health information exchanges.

The Sweet Spot in Health Care and Public Health 

In the Payment Reform for Population Health blog series, Karen Hacker, a DASH grantee and the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, focuses on how health care delivery systems can collaborate with multiple sectors to support community health improvement. 

Aligning Philanthropy To Support Locally Driven Health Interventions Addressing Upstream Issues 

This Health Affairs blog highlights the power of collaboration on the premise that achieving health and wellness goes beyond health care. The article commends BUILD for supporting nonprofits in working with public health and hospitals to improve community health. 

A New Responsibility for Children's Hospitals: The Health of Neighborhoods

A recent Build Healthy Places Network blog shares how Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a CHP grantee, teamed up with the local Legal Aid Society to address a major cause of poor health - substandard housing. 

Interview: North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network

Read AISP's interview with Martin Love, a CHP grantee and the CEO of North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network, to learn how they are linking health data with their county Homeless Management Information System to reduce ED utilization.

Project Spotlights

This month, we're featuring two projects that are forming data-driven multi-sector collaborations to prevent chronic diseases. 

BUILD: Healthy Homes Des Moines

Healthy Homes Des Moines aims to reduce asthma-related hospital visits by improving the social, economic, and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on respiratory health. The project strives to take an upstream approach to asthma by improving indoor air quality and promoting preventive self-care through health education.

CHP: San Diego Health Connect

The San Diego Health Connect is a public health information exchange that successfully designed and implemented a regional health information organization in the San Diego and Imperial counties. As a part of the CHP program, they are partnering with Be There San Diego, a multi-stakeholder collaborative experienced in improving population health with a focus on cardiovascular disease. 

Funding Opportunities
  • County Health Rankings Research Grants: Due May 3 - Submit a research proposal to help strengthen and evaluate the County Health Rankings program and improve accessibility, communication, or usability of the data. 
  • SIREN Innovation Grants: Due June 15 - This program will support research projects that add to our understanding of the health care cost and utilization impacts of interventions initiated in the context of health care delivery that target patients' social and economic hardships.
Upcoming Events

Conference Presentations

All In  is presenting at the following conferences. View our calendar to get more details on each session. 
  • Practical Playbook National Meeting: May 31 - June 2 in Washington, DC -  In this session, All In leaders introduce an instrument for assessing a community's readiness to collaborate and share data. Representatives from current CHP, DASH and BUILD projects will discuss their own evolution within this assessment framework, and how they have used the process and data to inform next step.
  • SDOH and Multi-sector DataApril 13 @ 11:00 am ET - Join HealthDoers to learn key takeaways about the intersection of clinical data, claims, and the social determinants of health (SDOH).
  • Health Data for Action: May 2 @ 12:00 pm ET - Join this webinar to learn about a new funding opportunity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called Health Data for Action (HD4A), supported by AcademyHealth. HD4A aims to reduce the barriers often faced in accessing rich data by serving as a conduit between data owners and interested researchers. 
Presentation / Dissemination Opportunities
  • Association of Public Data Users Conference Call for Proposals: Due April 15 - Submit a proposal for a presentation or panel related to using, sharing and administering public data such as: data visualization/mapping; integration and linking of data; data governance; new ways of using administrative data; etc.