Online Program

DC health matters: An innovative, community-driven health dashboard in response to affordable care act requirements

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Chaya T. Merrill, DrPH, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Ruth Pollard, MS, MBA, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children's National Medical Center/Child Health Advocacy Institute, Washington, DC
Linda Cottrell, MPH, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Kimberle Searcy, MPH, Chidlren's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Tesa White, BS, Chidlren's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
As incentive for communities to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to today's health problems, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all 501(c)(3) non-profit hospitals to produce a community health needs assessment (CHNA) with a corresponding community health improvement plan (CHIP). We will present APHA members with DC's innovative and collaborative response – heavily reliant on health information technology - to meet (and exceed) these PPACA requirements. In January 2012, we formed the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC): a data-driven initiative to bring together several DC hospitals, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and community-based organizations (CBOs) to work collectively in developing a citywide CHNA and corresponding CHIP. The overarching objective of this coordinated endeavor is to improve community health and health equity by devising, executing, and evolving an evidence-based and transparent CHIP for – and with – DC communities. Health information technology played a critical role. Funded by the NIH, we developed a bi-directional community-driven web portal – DC Health Matters – to increase transparency of local health metrics and related resources to our community-based organizations. The DC Health Matters dashboard tracks 200+ health and quality of life indicators, offers guidance on over 1,800 community-level interventions, provides links to funding opportunities, and includes features that help DC CBOs work with local stakeholders – such as government and non-government groups – to effect change. The system also collects locally unique knowledge, blending it into the system to provide a common, understandable, and constantly updated view for all stakeholders. In meeting PPACA community benefit requirements, DC Health Matters provided the foundation for our citywide CHNA and now houses and tracks progress on the CHIP. Our presentation will outline our mechanism of successful collaboration, showcase the DC Health Matters portal, present portal utilization statistics, and discuss resulting community collaborations.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the mechanisms of collaboration among several DC hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations to form the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative. Demonstrate the DC Health Matters portal. Explain how health information technology (DC Health Matters) helped non-profit hospitals respond to health reform requirements.

Keyword(s): Health Information Systems, Community Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: haya Merrill is the Director of the Child Health Data Lab at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Merrill is leading the effort to establish the data infrastructure needed to monitor, analyze, and report on child health. She is passionate about intersection of data and advocacy. She has an appointment at George Washington University in the Department of HealthPolicy. Dr. Merrill completed her graduate studies at The George Washington University: MPH (Epidemiology) and DrPH (Health Policy).
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.