CI:Now’s Laura McKieran joined urban planner John Osten on The Source on Texas Public Radio on March 21 to talk about how San Antonio fares on SA2020’s walkability measure and what we can do to make our city more walkable. Listen to the audio or see some live-tweeted highlights.
CI:Now participated in the National League of Cities University‘s Healthy Cities workshop at the Congressional Cities Conference in Washington, DC on March 11, 2017. CI:Now’s role in the panel, moderated by Kathy Pettit, Director of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, was to talk about San Antonio’s experience in using data to drive health policy and practice.
The San Antonio Area Foundation awarded $50,000 to help fund backbone staffing support to the Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA) through 2017. ARDA is a vibrant network of people like you whose mission is to collectively support the Alamo Regional in implementing and strengthening the policies and programs needed for data-driven decisions to be made throughout the community. CI:Now has been providing backbone staffing to ARDA since its September 2016 founding using its own operating grants from the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.
Since 2014 SA2020 has contracted with CI:Now to collect and analyze its community indicator data and consult on the best ways to visualize and communicate about that data. This year SA2020 re-upped and expanded the partnership to include the development of new SA Tomorrow indicators. In support of local efforts to adopt an equity lens, CI:Now will also slice key indicators like poverty by City Council District. SA2020’s Data Dashboard will be updated in conjunction with this year’s Impact Report, tentatively scheduled for January 2018 release. You can find the 2016 Impact Report here.
The San Antonio Area Foundation renewed its partnership with CI:Now, Moriarty Consulting Group, and Redline Leadership Group to staff the SALSA (Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio) collective impact initiative to improve and sustain quality of life for San Antonio’s growing older population. CI:Now’s role is data support, assisting SALSA partners throughout 2017 in targeting shared priority outcomes, defining indicators to measure progress on those outcomes, understanding the factors behind our current status and trends, choosing strategies to achieve the targeted outcomes, and developing and implementing an action plan.
CI:Now’s Laura McKieran joined Molly Cox, Director of SA2020, to talk about SA2020’s new Impact Report on The Source on Texas Public Radio. Listen to the audio or see some live-tweeted highlights.
CI:Now Director Laura McKieran participated in a panel discussion at the 2017 Healthcare Data Reporting Conference organized by HASA, the area health information exchange, to talk about and highlight the power of data sharing for community providers. CI:Now’s portion of the Community Benefits of a Central Health Data Repository panel discussion focused on the value proposition of connecting multiple community data sets to:
- learn more about the health effects of risk factors (e.g., daily number and pattern of emergency room visits given daily air pollution levels),
- explore intersections among issues to inform interventions (e.g., the effect on student absenteeism of student, sibling, and/or parent emergency room visits), and
- measure intervention outcomes (e.g., effect of a promotora program on 30-day readmissions; effect of an integrated care program on emergency room visits and hospital admissions by “high utilizer” individuals with serious mental illness)
The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has partnered with CI:Now to learn more about area adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual/developmental disabilities. In the initial two- to three-month exploratory phase, CI:Now will work with Autism Lifeline Links, area service providers, adults with ASD/IDD and their families, and advocates to begin to understand the number, strengths, and needs of this population, as well as key policies, funding streams, and workforce capacity issues affecting our region’s ability to meet their needs effectively.
See news coverage of SA2020’s 2016 Impact Report. CI:Now is the data partner to SA2020, compiling and analyzing the quantitative data for SA2020’s community indicators.
SA2020 has released its 2016 Impact Report, which includes indicator data collected analyzed by CI:Now. Director Laura McKieran spoke at the report release, highlighting disparities and issues not visible in city-level data, and stressing the need to combine and coordinate both data and efforts to achieve San Antonio’s goals.