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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Data Across Sectors for Health

Deadline: July 29, 2015

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is a new initiative established to identify and support community collaborations and initiatives that have used shared data and information to increase their capacity for planning, implementing, and evaluating health improvement activities. DASH will assist grantees as they strengthen their data and information sharing initiatives for assessment, planning, program development, advocacy, monitoring, and setting and acting on community priorities. The DASH office will also initiate a learning collaboration to create and share models and document barriers, solutions, lessons learned, best practices, promising innovations, sustainable examples, and opportunities for replication.

Proposed projects can support sharing, linking and combining data, or efforts to create, maintain or expand an existing implementation of health information technology. Projects should be designed to improve a measurable aspect of community health and well-being and benefits or outcomes should be realized across the collaboration (benefits at the individual, family, and community levels preferred). Applicants will present their vision for sharing/connecting data from different sectors. The proposed project/solution should focus on: 1) an initiative to increase the number/diversity of sectors that cooperatively share data and information to address community health; and 2) the data and information-sharing activities that support a multisector approach. Applicants will work through existing community collaborations to achieve the following:

  1. Address locally determined problems or goals associated with improving community health
  2. Build on past experience sharing or connecting electronic information or leveraging data from multiple sources across multiple sectors
  3. Enhance the ability of community organizations to plan, make decisions, implement health improvement strategies, or monitor aspects of health through sharing data and information in a sustainable, systematized way
  4. Identify methods, models, and lessons that can be applied and shared with other communities who wish to improve their ability to share data and information across sectors

Applicants should propose projects that:

  1. Strengthen information sharing through enhanced information systems, new or integrated datasets, new uses of existing information, improved methods or analytics; robust governance, policies, or protocols; and other locally determined community health priorities
  2. Strengthen relationships or engage additional sectors or new partners
  3. Identify specific health concerns or goals toward which data and information sharing will be directed
  4. Build sustainable capacity to share data and information across sectors
  5. Develop, test, and monitor indicators of progress

Amount: Grants up to $200,000 will be awarded to up to six entities and will be for project periods of 12 or 18 months.

Eligibility: Applicants must be: 1) tax exempt public entities or nonprofit organizations; 2) a sustainable entity with an ongoing and operational commitment to improve community health and wellbeing; 3) an existing multi-organization collaboration or be a stand-alone entity which operates for or on behalf of community collaborations; 3) in strong relationships with organizations in two or more sectors relevant to community health improvement objectives and encompassing health care and at least one other sector; and 4) experienced in data sharing or using connected information systems.

Link: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/data-across-sectors-for-health.html?rid=joECyuzLfzfzQFgwifLzxkE0drOk8Ac2k9csJIXE3V4&et_cid=299277

Note: An informational webinar for applicants will be held on July 15, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. MST.

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