Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups are designed to foster peer learning and sharing on specific topics within data-sharing and multi-sector collaborations. Affinity groups are participant-led and guided by subject matter experts and facilitators to support activities designed to explore topics of interest, facilitate connections, educate and share resources, and in some instances, provide technical assistance. At their core, affinity groups are designed to be a space for deeper conversations on a variety of topics related to collaboration, community engagement and data sharing. The topics selected for Affinity Groups have been elevated by members of the All In community over the past year.

Thank you for your patience as we are currently planning program elements and making regular updates.

Participation
To fully benefit from the experience, participants are expected to: engage in discussion with other group members, offer insights, bring questions, and escalate ideas for future meetings throughout the length of the 9-month program (April – November 2021). View participant expectations here.

To Join
If you’re interested in joining one of our Affinity Groups, email miriam.castro@iphionline.org.

Affinity Groups

1) Behavioral Health / Substance Use Disorder Data

Description: The purpose of the Behavioral Health/ Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Data group is to navigate data sharing integration, analysis, intervention planning and anything else around substance use. Participation in this group is an opportunity for communities that are pursuing efforts to improve health to share successes and challenges and provide opportunities for shared learning on the following topics: cross-sector perspectives on Hep C, HIV, criminal justice, identifying use cases, clarifying regional priorities, navigating confusing treatment, recovery, drug use and initiation, and overdose prevention.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert & Facilitator: Eric Hulsey (EHulsey@vitalstrategies.org)

All In Support Staff: Travis Parker Lee, Program Specialist, Public Health National Center for Innovations at PHAB (tlee@phnci.org)
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2) Community Indicator Dashboards

Description: The University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) is a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration focused on social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society. UCSUR hosts the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, which provides an inclusive community open data infrastructure, and provides support to an ecosystem of civic data publishers and users. The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) focuses on generating data on health inequities to train urban health leaders and partner with communities, policy makers, and other stakeholders to reduce health inequalities and promote environmental sustainability. West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, a program out of the UHC, supports cradle to career opportunities for children living or attending schools in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Together, staff from the UCSUR and the UHC will draw on their experience supporting local collaborative data sharing efforts to facilitate an All In Affinity Group on community indicator dashboards.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert(s)/ Facilitator(s): Erikka Gilliam, MS, MPH, Data Manager, West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood and Liz Monk, University of Pittsburgh – University Center for Social and Urban Research

All In Support Staff: Susan Martinez, MUP, Program Associate, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (susan.martinez@iphionline.org)
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3) Centering Racial Equity throughout Data Integration

Description: This 6-part series will allow affinity group members to consider positive and problematic practices in centering racial equity through the 6-stages of the data life cycle. Affinity group members will engage in conversation around the content in the AISP Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration Toolkit.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert & Facilitator: Amy Hawn Nelson, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

All In Support Staff: Natrina N. Kennedy, MPH, Program Associate, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (natrina.kennedy@iphionline.org)
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4) Developing Meaningful Measures by Centering Community Voice

Description: Although multi-sector data system integration can seem like a task reserved for data analysts or statisticians, the foundational work starts with conversations around understanding what people want to measure through data to show impact and improve outcomes. This affinity group is designed to support conversations around how to partner with community members and people with lived experience to develop, select, and use measurement in ways that reflect the strengths, priorities and vision of those directly impacted by the result of the data integration.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert(s) / Facilitator(s): Karen Frazier (kfrazier@air.org) and Stephen Hoy (stephen@pfccpartners.com)

All In Support Staff: Natrina N. Kennedy, MPH, Program Associate, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (natrina.kennedy@iphionline.org)
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5) Leveraging Health and Housing Data Integration to Achieve Positive Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations

Description: The Health and Housing Data Integration Affinity Group seeks to advance knowledge around leveraging health and housing data, affordable housing, housing justice, child welfare, etc., in order to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable populations in our communities. We will achieve this by elevating, amplifying, and disseminating expertise within the group, and by fostering conversations about innovative practices at the intersection of health and housing data.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert(s) / Facilitator(s): Gabe Schuster & Kim Keaton, The Corporation for Supportive Housing

All In Support Staff: Susan Martinez, MUP, Program Associate, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (susan.martinez@iphionline.org)
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6) Re-imagining Technology in Support of Cross-Sector Referral and Care Coordination

Description: This group is designed to be a space for practitioners from healthcare, public health, government agencies and community-based organizations that want to ask questions and share learnings regarding the proliferation of competitive resource referral systems and the challenges and opportunities associated with this emerging data and technology market. 

In this group, we’ll cast off the false dichotomy of incompatible silos versus one centralized system. Instead, we’ll explore communities’ possible paths toward healthy information ecosystems, in which many technologies can interoperate through the use of data standards and open infrastructure – and we’ll consider governance strategies that can ensure these arrangements remain sustainable and equitable over time.

Questions that may be discussed include: How can we think of the information landscape of our communities as ecosystems, in which multiple kinds of technologies and institutional arrangements can cooperatively co-exist? How do we ensure that the interests of community organizations – and the people they serve – are prioritized in the face of demands from healthcare systems or and other large institutions? What kind of technology procurement strategies will protect communities against risks and promote their agency over time? And much more!

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert(s) / Facilitator(s): Greg Bloom, Open Referral, & Yuri Cartier, Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN)

All In Support Staff: Miriam Castro, Program Manager, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (miriam.castro@iphionline.org)
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7) United Way & 2-1-1 Partners

Description: This affinity group serves as a space for United Ways, 211s, and their community partners to connect, share, and learn from one another to strengthen partnerships, clarify roles and responsibilities, and establish a community of practice for UWs/211s engaged in data sharing collaboratives. When serving as community conveners, UWs/211s bring together diverse partners to equitable design local collaboratives, leveraging network expertise and insights. Through their resource directories and referral capabilities, 211s optimize proprietary data and infrastructure. This group fosters peer learning and sharing for those leading or working with United Ways and 211s involved in data sharing and multi-sector collaboratives and serves to clarify and share models of successful partner engagement for those collaboratives.

Learning Goals: PDF here

Subject Matter Expert(s) / Facilitator(s): Mary Miller, 2-1-1 Innovation, United Way Worldwide

All In Support Staff: Miriam Castro, Program Manager, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Illinois Public Health Institute (miriam.castro@iphionline.org)