Online Program

Collaborative development of CollectSMART: Survey Management and Response Tools for assessing the health of your community

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Matthew C. Simon, MA, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Kasey P. Decosimo, MPH, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Michael Zelek, MPH, Chatham County Public Health Department, Pittsboro, NC
Elizabeth Holzschuh, MS, Department of Health and Environment, Johnson County Kansas, Olathe, KS
Assessing the health of one’s community is an important part of public health accreditation and the new IRS requirement for not-for-profit hospitals under the Affordable Care Act.  Collecting accurate, high quality primary data for Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) can require technical expertise in population sampling, geographic information systems and statistical software. This expertise represents a barrier for many local health departments, community organizations and hospitals tasked with conducting CHNAs. These local health organizations may need to rely on outside support from federal or state agencies or academic partners. 

This session will describe a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and several local health departments in North Carolina to overcome some of these barriers through the development and pilot testing of mobile data collection software and training materials.  The CollectSMART tools and trainings are designed to facilitate the implementation of validated sampling methods without requiring extensive technical expertise and serve as a reliable way for public health professionals to conduct rapid health assessments, and reduce the costs of purchasing or maintaining mapping or data collection hardware and software. The tools and trainings cover the steps of field data collection including forming a survey team, team management, field safety, interview techniques, questionnaire design, sample selection, field survey methods, data collection/analysis and reporting.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the academic-practice partnership to develop a mobile app and project management dashboard to expand local capacities to collect community health data List key components of Collect SMART and the challenges, resources and training needed to use mobile technology for Community Health Needs Assessment data collection Describe preliminary impact of Collect SMART and key lessons learned

Keyword(s): Community Health Assessment, Data Collection and Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) subject matter expert and have been the principal concept designer for Collect SMART and led over 20 survey efforts in the past 4 years using CASPER methods for Community Health Assessments.
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.