A Compilation of What We Have Learned From the First Wave of COVID-19
Welcome to the Digital Edition of “What We Have Learned From the First Wave of COVID-19” updated with additional stories, more multimedia content, and examples showcasing how data can be used in times of crisis to provide equitable health solutions.
All In reached out to provide support to the frontlines of community-based data sharing at the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. In May, All In hosted the first of three COVID listening sessions, loosely structured forums for collaborative leaders to share their experiences, including frustrations and successes, setbacks and challenges, progress and pitfalls. Participants described their efforts to leverage the multi-sector relationships in their communities and build new data-sharing tools on top of systems they had built for other purposes.
Some of those stories are powerfully told in our publication.
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Housing as Healthcare: Crisis Response Network Takes Their Data-Sharing to Another Level
The Director of HMIS at the Crisis Response Network in Maricopa County gives a masterclass on how he uses the federally funded program to coordinate better care for people experiencing homelessness, COVID symptoms, or both.
As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, Tyler Rosensteel, Director of HMIS, led the team at Crisis Response Network in Arizona to begin included COVID diagnosis information into their data collection efforts. These indicators helped prioritize shelter and other services that would prevent spread and limit the outbreak among this highly at-risk, extremely vulnerable population (Read more).
Rosensteel explains the origins of his career.
Nothing About Me Without Me: How the Bay Area Health Justice Coalition Prioritizes Community Voice
As COVID-19 and the cascade of aftershocks continue to make life even more challenging for the most vulnerable communities, the Bay Area Health Justice Coalition ensured that the community still had a platform to express themselves at a time when their voice was most needed.
Lauren Pennachio, director of revenue strategies and partnerships at Health Leads, speaks about the need for community-guided advocacy around tenant’s rights and more. COVID-19 has triggered an economic crisis that threatens to unhouse numerous Bay Area residents. Pennachio and her group help amplify efforts to ensure community voice is part of community-wide conversations to counter these events. (Read more).
Pennachio recounts the creation of the Bay Area Health Justice Coalition.
Using Data-driven Decision-making to Curb Homelessness in LA County During COVID
As a data scientist/systems modeler for the Los Angeles county department of Public Health, Irene Vidyanti, uses her expertise to evaluate the impact of interventions on health. As the crisis first emerged, Vidyanti helped use data to address the crisis as it erupted among the city’s homeless population.
Los Angeles County Department saw a crisis within a crisis as COVID-19 struck the city’s homeless population. Using data to focus their efforts, the Department managed to keep things contained and prevent the issue from spinning out. (Read more).
Vidyanti explains what her role and duties are in LA County.
“Disease Detectives” Lean on Students to Help Track Coronavirus in Ohio Hotspots
PHNCI and the OH Public Health Partnership share impressions from the frontlines.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is collaborating with several public health professional associations, academic institutions, and health centers to coordinate volunteer Public Health Assist Teams. These teams are available to provide COVID-19 response support to Ohio’s local public health agencies and community partners (Read more).
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