News from All In: Data for Community Health
January 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.
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The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data

Data can be a powerful tool for understanding issues, making smarter decisions and improving results, and city leaders play a critical role in fostering a culture of data sharing across organizations and sectors. This National League of Cities blog shares lessons from All In that may be useful to cities in the early stages of multi-sector data sharing.  
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An Experiment in Collaboration: The All In Chicago Regional Meeting

In late November, three Chicago-based data-driven health collaborations came together to test a hypothesis: by engaging with similar initiatives to share experiences, lessons and common barriers, could they forge a coordinated path to move their work forward? Read their ideas for fostering a more collaborative data sharing environment in Chicago. 

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Colorado Health Foundation's Initiative to Bolster Connection between Community and Health Care System

The Colorado Health Foundation, the newest program office partner to join All In, is supporting fourteen geographically dispersed communities in Colorado for up to $200,000 for two years to facilitate connections between community-based resources and the health care system to help improve the health of the community's population. This Connecting Communities and Care funding opportunity supports and accelerates existing partnerships working to create community health beyond the clinical setting by linking resources and programs between health care providers and communities. Given existing data and community priorities, this initiative focuses on obesity, mental health, diabetes or heart disease.    

Project Spotlights

This month, we're featuring two projects that are integrating data from multiple sectors to identify and address population-level health issues. 

DASH: Food for Health: Coordinating Care Across Sectors to Improve Health 

The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, the Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the North Texas Food Bank and its 250+ partner agencies are leveraging the Dallas Information Exchange Portal, a cloud-based platform integrating data from health care and community service providers, to improve the nutrition of food bank clients with chronic conditions. The project will improve care coordination by providing hunger relief agencies with a real-time, electronic one-page summary of clients' medical and social history so that case workers can recommend appropriate nutritional choices and facilitate chronic disease self-management.

CHP: Greater Detroit Area Health Council 

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to transparency in data sharing with extensive knowledge of data analysis, performance measurement, and data dissemination. As a CHP Program Subject Matter Expert (SME) Community, GDAHC provides aggregated individual physician level data to physician organizations to guide quality improvement and produces public reports on both hospital and provider organization quality. GDAHC offers expertise based on lessons and process steps learned through decades of leading community-wide, multi-sector collaborative endeavors.


Accountable Communities for Health: Data Sharing Toolkit

This toolkit outlines parameters for framing your community's current data sharing maturity. It provides several resources to assist with various aspects of data sharing, including building relationships across sectors, establishing data sharing agreements, and more.

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Webinar Recording: Health Data for City Leaders

During a recent National League of Cities webinar,  All In leaders, DASH grantee Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Community Commons to discussed how cities can use data more efficiently to improve community health. Presenters shared data tools and resources to support efforts to build a Culture of Health.

The New York City Macroscope: A New Model for Monitoring the Health of Communities

In a recent study published in AcademyHealth's open access, peer-reviewed journal eGEMs, authors developed an electronic health record surveillance system called NYC Macroscope and found its prevalence estimates for obesity, hypertension, smoking, and diabetes were comparable to gold-standard survey results. The findings confirm that a carefully constructed EHR-based surveillance system can be used to monitor certain conditions and risk factors, which could save time and money. 

Funding Opportunities
  • Digital BridgeApply by Jan. 13 - The Digital Bridge brings public health and health care together to collaborate on ways to effectively share information and improve public health surveillance. The initiative is now seeking sites to implement their electronic case reporting infrastructure.
  • Technologies & Innovations for Eliminating Health DisparitiesApply by Jan. 22 - The National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities is inviting applications for two grant programs supporting projects that aim to develop a product, process, or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing health disparities.
  • The BUILD Health Challenge: Apply by Feb. 21 - BUILD is funding 18 new sites to implement bold, upstream, integrated, local, data-driven solutions aimed at influencing the social determinants of health.  
  • Bridging for Health: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Bridging for Health initiative is looking for additional sites to join their cohort that are improving community health through innovations in financing. 
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