Category: Human Services

DASH Launches 3rd Round of Funding to Accelerate Local, Multisector Data Sharing Efforts

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is launching the third round of its Mentor Program to support cohorts selected to learn with and from DASH mentors and community peers in order to accelerate their local, multisector data-sharing efforts. Our Mentor Program supports seven experienced organizations (listed below) by offering targeted technical assistance or subject area […]

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Value Our Work? Please Support It!

Thousands of professionals across programs, systems and domains regularly engage with the National Interoperability Collaborative for its unique cross-sector resources, webinars, projects and relationships. Hundreds of you, individually or through your organizations, are NIC members. In other words, we have succeeded in building the “community of networks” that we envisioned when we launched the NIC […]

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A Transformation in Health IT Interoperability: Moving to a Person-Centered Focus

The healthcare industry is undergoing a major transformation, not only vertically within the industry itself, but also horizontally in its intersections with other disciplines. And this change is happening – every day – as the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the pervasive impact of public health on schools, social services, and many other aspects of society. As […]

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An Important New Initiative at the W3C Virtual Technical Plenary: Human Services Data Dictionaries! Join Us on Oct. 21.

  Within many countries and across national borders, the internet is full of varying definitions or understandings for similar or even the same human services concepts. For example, the word “program” means different things in different circumstances and different sectors. The same is true for many common terms, even simple ones that we may intuitively […]

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Data Sharing in Times of Crisis: Responsible Data Use Playbooks

          See the original post on Medium. For years my mantra has been, “I just want to see data used to transform lives.” Little did I know that in 2020, the world would need data to save lives and livelihoods. Responsible data use and data sharing has always been capable of saving […]

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Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services

The Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has just released an important new Issue Brief, to which I contributed research and writing, titled “Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services.” This paper examines the technical aspects of interoperability required to support integrated care and case management across multiple domains, […]

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National Interoperability Collaborative Wins Three Prestigious Davey Awards

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) is proud to announce that our primary initiative, the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), has received three Silver awards from the 2019 International Davey Awards. This prestigious competition “honors the best in Web, Design, Video, Advertising, Mobile, and Social from small agencies worldwide.” The three Silver Awards went to the NIC Collaboration […]

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Improving Health and Human Services: It’s About Making Connections

The 11th Annual Connected Health Conference | October 16-18 | Boston, MA When I first saw the title of this week’s Connected Health Conference, “Designing for Healthy Habits and Better Outcomes,” I was delighted. After all, Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has been working for over 15 years to bridge the silos that historically have […]

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Innovative Information-Sharing: Administrative Data as a Strategic Asset

Every day, state governments make decisions that affect their citizens’ lives. They determine which policies to enact and which problems to address. They establish how programs should be run and where budget dollars are best spent, as well as who qualifies for government assistance. To effectively serve the public, officials at every level of state […]

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