Sharing data across sectors helps decision-makers better understand and address community health issues, but there are many laws to consider pertaining to the use, storage, and disclosure of data. To help lawyers and community data practitioners overcome legal challenges to data sharing, Data Across Sectors for Health and the Network for Public Health Law have developed an online collection of 100+ papers, toolkits, and other materials focused on privacy, consent, and policy documentation, hosted at Community Commons.
The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) Innovation Learning Community grantees spent eighteen months hard at work implementing innovations in their communities. From this community, PHNCI has been able to learn what makes an innovation work and be replicable, including leadership buy-in, cross-sector partnerships, and community engagement.
Based on learnings from 37 BUILD Health Challenge awardees over the past 3 years, this guide shares insights and information for changemakers looking to drive sustainable improvements in community health. You’ll find frameworks, resources, and more that BUILD awardees use to advance their efforts and may help inform your work as well.
Follow along in this BUILD Health Challenge case study and see how this Albuquerque, NM, based team addressed chronic disease and self-management in their community. Together, they established a multi-sector collaboration that resulted in a referral tracking system and a Mobile Farmers Market. In addition, the team implemented the Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center, an integrated chronic disease management referral system to link clinics to community resources in order to improve health outcomes.
The North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN) was funded by DASH CIC-START to add new partners, sectors, mental health client summary data, and facility alerts to ACT.md, the care coordination and alerts notification system in Humboldt County, CA. As part of their CIC-START project, NCHIIN developed this document, which provides a methodology for onboarding new organizations, data streams, and sectors into the ACT.md platform. It provides a replicable method for other communities who are interested in developing guidance to onboard new organizations from sectors beyond health care (eg. human/social services, mental health/substance abuse, criminal justice, etc.) into a care coordination system to provide more holistic care for patients, especially those with complex health and social needs.
This series of papers provides an overview and framework for reaching out to stakeholders or potential partners from other sectors that may share your interest in collaborating and sharing data to improve community health. Knowing your audience will help your collaboration craft a successful and productive outreach strategy, strengthen your partnerships, and ensure ongoing sustainability by clearly defining and articulating the value of sharing data across sectors.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) released a series of bright spot profiles highlighting specific aspects of grantee projects that made them successful in building multi-sector data sharing collaborations to improve health.
In partnership with the Alliance for Innovation, the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) has launched the Public Health Innovation Playbook, an interactive website designed to help teams and individuals undertake and succeed at their own and their organizations’ innovation journeys. It is intended to be a companion resource to support an organization’s innovation journey and to maximize the success of innovation projects. The Playbook is divided into sections reflecting critical elements of the Innovation Framework, with helpful tools and exercises for use.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) developed this informational guide to provide an overview of common terms used when discussing health care data to promote a shared vocabulary across sectors. Given the diversity and complexity in health care data systems, this guide serves as a starting point for non-health sector professionals who want to further investigate the health care data available in their local communities and consider how to best leverage it to tackle priorities identified by multi-sector partnerships.
With support from RWJF, three states (Ohio, Oregon and Washington) are participating in a learning community supported by the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) that aims to test and implement the systems transformations required to ensure health equity. PHNCI has developed new resources to chronicle their progress.