213320 Collaboration of public health and Health IT to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM

Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Advances in information technology are creating a plethora of opportunities to define health as more than just the absence of disease and to advance prevention through better evaluation of outcomes and better tracking of the underlying causes of illness and injury. For instance, community health indicators are being developed and used in communities across the country to redefine and democratize health data so that it measures elements of the community environment that shape health and safety. The community environment influences the behaviors and exposures of community members, which in turn shape health outcomes. By understanding and addressing the community-level factors that affect health and safety factors such as access to healthy foods, parks, and safe streets communities can transform outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
Identify specific ways that the community environment affects health outcomes; Describe the momentum for using community health indicators to asses the health of a community; and Discuss opportunities for the collaboration of public health and Health IT in efforts to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.