Category: NIC

A New Kresge Grant and a Renewed Commitment to Equity and Interoperability

Support for any nonprofit organization, at its core, is about belief. Belief that the organization has the right vision, the right approach, the right people to get the job done. So when we learned this week that the Kresge Foundation is awarding a new, two-year grant to Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI), we were obviously […]

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Creating a Roadmap to Navigate the Maze of HHS Services

Navigating government programs is difficult. I had been trying to support my father as he aged and his needs increased. He lived in another state, so I spent an incredible amount of time online and on the phone trying to understand what services were available and what was required for him to access them. It […]

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It’s Time to Add Prevention to the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic; New Playbook Focuses on 11 Replicable Strategies to `Go Upstream’

There are countless ways to demonstrate the horror of our nation’s opioid crisis, from raw numbers (over 47,600 opioid-related deaths in 2017) to records set (fatal overdoses now exceed vehicular deaths) to OMG descriptions of the drugs’ toxicity. A couple of recent examples: During a routine traffic stop last April, state troopers in Nebraska seized […]

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The Cultural Challenge to Interoperability

Even as there becomes greater acceptance of the need for interoperability across domains and disciplines in order to address serious social problems such as the opioid epidemic, cultural challenges remain as major obstacles to the practical implementation of this concept. One clear case study revealing the obstacles to interoperability can be found in the debate […]

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Lessons from the Field: How to Successfully Share Data across Programs

Cross-program data-sharing has been one of the most popular topics at Health and Human Services conferences this year. Many states and counties are exploring different models of collaboration and integration, some focused on improving the client’s ability to engage with government, others on improving the agency’s ability to engage holistically with the client. Both approaches […]

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When It Comes to Collaboration, Sectors Emphasize Technical Aspects Over Cultural Ones

All across the country, health and human services programs are making connections to provide more coordinated approaches to improving health and well-being in their communities. Many of these efforts involve information-sharing about the people being served – whether through public health clinics and school systems or with government cash and food assistance. While there are many benefits […]

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Connecting the Dots: NIC . . . the Kresge Foundation . . . and the Road to Better Health and Well-being

One of the underpinnings of our work at the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) is the understanding that “people constantly navigate multiple, interconnected systems — from education, transportation and employment to health, housing and human services — that shape their opportunities.” There are quote marks around the truism above because I didn’t write it. Rather, it […]

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