243945 An approach to efficient data mining via database on monitoring data sources: An example in a community health and research setting

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:50 PM

Pragati Shrestha, MPH, BS , Graduate Program in Public Health, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Cheza Collier Garvin, PhD, MPH, MSW , Department of Pediatrics, Division of Community Health and Research, Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH), Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Introduction/Objective: It is inevitable that the arena of health care is data-driven. Data from a variety of sources are crucial for community health planning, research, and grant application. There are profuse sources of data available, albeit finding accurate, appropriate, up-to-date sources can be challenging for researchers, planners, and program managers. Designing a database to manage data sources to enhance the planning and decision-making process among the stakeholders is the main objective of this project. Methods: Literature search was performed to gather information on data needs. Faculty interviews were conducted to determine the type of data needs for their area of research and program focuses. The data indicators were categorized into different topics for easy access, then a web-based search and interviews with data experts were performed to find the best possible sources. A database in an Excel format was developed to compile detailed information on the sources found. Where data sources covered multiple topics, the source was re-entered for efficient use. Results: The outcome of this project is a sustainable database system to monitor diverse data sources for prompt mining of required epidemiologic data to support efficient planning, research, and program development. This database is focused on sources of child health data, which will be constantly updated to capture the most effective and current data sources. Its efficacy and user-friendliness will be evaluated via faculty interviews and query formation on a specific topic. The database will be established as a powerful tool in public health planning.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1.Demonstrate the need for data in planning, research, and program development. 2.Identify the challenges of mining required data from overwhelmingly available data sources. 3.Design a database on monitoring data sources to enable easy access to data mining. 4.Discuss the potential options of database methodology depending on type of data needed.

Keywords: Data/Surveillance, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am developing this database for the division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School as a practicum project towards fulfilling my Master of Public Health degree.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.