What is NIC?

The National Interoperability Collaborative is a “community of networks” designed to promote greater information-sharing, interoperability, and collaboration in human services, public health, health IT, education, public safety, emergency response, and other relevant domains related to and including the Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being.

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NIC’s intent is to enable more and better partnerships, collaborations, relationships and linkages at the local, state and national levels; as well as to catalyze, support and sustain positive, systemic changes throughout the United States. A specific objective of NIC’s work is to improve the lives of people who are disproportionately impacted by racial and economic disparities – today and into future generations.

NIC was conceived and is led by the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI). We are very grateful to the Kresge Foundation for its seed funding to launch the initiative, as well as to AcademyHealth as a leadership partner in NIC’s first years. Thanks, too, to the Microsoft Corporation, IBM and the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their subsequent grants. NIC’s inaugural partners were the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) .