Resource Center

Your Virtual Library

Our Resource Center is a virtual library where you can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing, and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human and social services, public health, public education, public safety, emergency medical services and health information technology. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use, and will add resources continually over time. The Resource Center is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter, irrespective of whether they are NIC participants.

To make the Center as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves, or that they are already utilizing. Please provide your suggestions and comments via email to

11-15-2021 Featured Project

National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems

This paper explains the Commission, the foundational white papers, defines terms, describes the Commission approach, and outlines the guiding principles of a modern, equity-oriented public health data system and what that system does. This includes a brief summary of past and present data modernization initiatives.

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11-15-2021 Featured Project

Charting a Course for an Equity-Centered Data System: Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the gaps in our public health and health data infrastructure and illuminated the many ways in which they perpetuate vast health inequities. To work toward a modernized health data system, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established a first-of-its-kind National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems to reimagine how data are collected, shared, and used, and identify the investments needed to improve health equity. Commissioners examined both the systems and the data needed to ensure public health information works for all, including: who the data we collect elevates, who is being centered in our data, who is being excluded, and why.  

The Commission’s recommendations for the nation call on government at all levels, business, community-based organizations, philanthropy, and others to take specific action to reimagine and modernize the public health data system.

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09-10-2019 Toolkit

Shared Use Playbook- Opening up recreation facilities to promote community & health

ChangeLab Solutions developed the Shared Use Playbook for public health advocates, community leaders, and local government officials who want to learn more about implementing shared use agreements. This new playbook compiles many of our tools and resources for formalizing shared use agreements into one comprehensive guide. In addition to highlighting real-world examples, the playbook discusses the benefits that shared use can have for a community’s health:
1) Regular physical activity is crucial for the prevention and control of chronic disease.
2) Access to nutritious food through shared use community gardens and farmers markets helps address obesity, hunger, and poor nutrition.
3) Shared use agreements maximize the impact of existing facilities; they are an efficient and economical use of resources.

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09-10-2019 Roadmap

A Roadmap to the Ideal Juvenile Justice System

Tim Decker, on behalf of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network, agrees that now is the time to articulate a vision of the ideal juvenile justice system. “Leading movements that create profound change in juvenile justice challenge the status quo by countering faulty assumptions about youth, families, and communities as they build public will for change. This approach begins to change the culture of the system and provides clarity regarding entrenched policies and practices that do not work well and need to stop or be much less common. It also provides time and space to do more of what is working and create new innovations that transform the system. “

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06-10-2019 Web Page

National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)

As an effort to find solutions for the current opioid crisis, the National Center for State Courts has developed an evolving resource center which provides information and resources focused on the justice system and the opioid crisis.

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