Podcast: Slowing Down to Progress Data-Sharing Forward: An Interview with Dr. Sue Gallagher

Dr. Sue Gallagher is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. She leads efforts to support community partners to collaborate on improving programs, service systems, and communities, including advancing racial equity, so young people and their families can thrive. Dr. Gallagher has worked in this effort for over 14 years. Before working at CSC, she worked with non-profits serving people with developmental disabilities in New York and Miami for nearly 20 years. Sue is a deacon at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and serves as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, where she teaches organizational and community strategic planning. 

Podcast Host Miriam Castro and Dr. Gallagher discuss the importance of education, prioritizing community perspectives, and the legal sides of data-sharing agreements. Dr. Gallagher also detailed how her team “slowed down” during the pandemic to acknowledge their humanity and the trauma of the moment. This powerful and timely conversation touches on aligning equity throughout data-sharing, consistent community engagement, and the power of human connection in a time of social distancing. 

* Note: In this episode, you will hear the host Miriam and Sue provide their physical descriptions. The purpose of audio description is to give people who are blind or have impaired vision a complete picture of what is being shown, enabling them to share in the presentation as fully as a sighted person. Here at All In, we strive to create content that every audience member can engage with.

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Takeaways from the Interview 

In the words of Sue Gallagher…

1. Education means giving community members tools to understand and utilize data, rather than just telling them. 

I think there needs to be a widespread [intiative] where we are not just telling people where the bias is, we are actually giving people the tools to look at bias in their program, in their organization, and coming together to create strategies to mitigate that.”

2. How do we build credibility? 

” It’s really important that credibility is established by the inclusion of many perspectives and positions.”

3. What to do when you want to extend your data-sharing agreement with a community: 

When you want to begin or extend your data-sharing, bring the attorneys to the table as soon as possible, because you’re gonna need to be able to work out various fears, laws, restrictions in order to be able to actually getting to the data-sharing.

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