News from All In: Data for Community Health
June 2016

Get the latest updates from All in: Data for Community Health, a partnership dedicated to building a data movement that empowers communities to address the social determinants of health. Founding partners are the Community Health Peer Learning (CHP) Program and Data Across Sectors of Health (DASH).
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Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Improve Health Care and Health

In a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), leaders from across the country, including DASH Co-Directors Clare Tanner and Peter Eckart, shared their perspectives on different approaches to collecting and using social determinants of health data. 

Highlights from the CHP In Person Meeting

This week, the CHP Program held its first In-Person Meeting at the National Program Office (NPO) AcademyHealth's headquarters in Washington, DC With over 60 attendees, including the CHP communities, several program advisors, technical assistance providers, and experts from national organizations, the meeting fostered opportunities for networking, peer learning and collaboration. 

  • Day 1: Wednesday, June 1: The meeting kicked off with opening remarks from AcademyHealth President and CEO Dr. Lisa Simpson and ONC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mason, who talked about the importance of leveraging data to achieve greater health equity and improve population health. Day one's sessions covered community action plan development, building trust and working toward data sharing agreements, and navigating consent in cross-sector data sharing. 
  • Day 2: Thursday June 2: Day two began with a presentation from Alison Rein on the current landscape of multi-sector data sharing initiatives, with early results from an ongoing environmental scan conducted by the CHP Program NPO. Other sessions focused on emerging standards and opportunities for aligning social determinant data sharing efforts, as well as insights and advice for communities as they map their data sharing projects to broader reform initiatives. Participants also discussed and prioritized possible learning guide topics.


4 Tips for Communicating Data for Impact

After you've worked hard collecting a rich repository community health data, it can be tempting to declare victory, but the work isn't over yet! In order to make data valuable and actionable, it must be turned into meaningful information. The DASH NPO staff recently attended several presentations from data storytelling experts. Read four pieces of advice most often shared.

Project Spotlights

This month, we're featuring two projects that integrate data from multiple sectors to gain a more nuanced understanding of the social determinants of health, enabling their communities to implement more effective interventions.

CHP: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 

This month's featured CHP Program Participant Community, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), is a not-for-profit organization that strives to "help Cincinnati's kids be the healthiest in the nation through strong community partnerships." As a part of CHP, CCHMC and community-based staff are integrating electronic health records and geographic information system data to identify hot spots of poor child health and to understand underlying social determinants of health. This information will then be used to take action to reduce inpatient hospitalizations for pediatric patients.

DASH: Allegheny County Health Department

Through DASH, the Allegheny County Health Department is forming a connected data warehouse that combines data from multiple sectors to create a more complete picture of the factors impacting the cardiovascular health of the county's 1.2 million residents. Data will be exported to a modeling platform to develop a geographically accurate model of the complex distribution of cardiovascular disease risk factors in the county, enabling the community to effectively simulate the potential impact of various interventions. 

Upcoming Events

Conference Presentations

The All In network is presenting at the following conferences. View our calendar to get more details on specific sessions.
  • Concordium 2016Sept. 21-22 in Arlington, VA - Join us at this AcademyHealth conference, where we will present what we are learning about connected information systems for community health.
  • APHA 2016Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 in Denver, CO - Come to our session to hear how DASH and CHP grantees are driving population health improvement through data sharing and collaboration.
  • Health and Well Being for All: "Meeting-In-A-Box"June 15 @ 2 p.m. ET - The CDC will talk about an innovative new way to explore the social determinants of health with health and healthcare professionals at all stages of professional development. 
  • Spotlight on Multi-Sector Data CollaborationJune 27 @ 3 p.m. ET - During the next HealthDoers Monthly Engagement Call, representatives from CHP and DASH will detail the current environment for shared data and discuss challenges to and solutions for advancing this work nationally. 
  • 500 Cities ProjectJune 30 @ 2 p.m. ET - The CDC, CDC Foundation, and RWJF will host a webinar on the 500 Cities Project, a first-of-its-kind data analysis of 27 chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within.