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.
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.
The Center for Health Care Services‘ Adult Behavioral Health division has won a continuation grant from Johnson&Johnson to continue measuring the physical health, behavioral health, and system involvement outcomes of people with serious mental illness participating in its Integrated Care program, which is funded through a number of sources. CI:Now’s role in this work is to link multiple datasets from CHCS, area hospitals, and the criminal justice system, with the consumer’s/patient’s consent, to learn more about the innovative program’s effects on physical and behavioral health status and quality of life, ER visits and hospital admissions, and incarceration.
The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has awarded CI:Now, via the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County as fiscal agent, a grant in the amount of $50,000. The one-year grant will support CI:Now’s work to strengthen local access to and use of high-quality data to improve children’s lives through better-informed decisions and actions. Kronkosky is a longtime partner, having been a founding member of the Alamo Area Community Information System (AACIS), rebranded in 2008 as CI:Now, in the late 1990s.
The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has awarded CI:Now one year of funding in the amount of $75,000. The grant funds will be used to strengthen local data capacity through freely-accessible, neutral, high-quality data that area nonprofits and others can use for data-driven decisionmaking and action, as well as “help desk” services, trainings, and technical assistance. Two tools built in the past with UWSA funding are CI:Now’s Data Explorer and CommunityViewer Public Reports. UWSA funding has also been used to develop and maintain The Language of Data, a glossary of technical data-related terms translated to plain language.
UWSA was a founding member in the late 1990s of the Alamo Area Community Information System (AACIS), rebranded as CI:Now in 2008. For 20 consecutive years UWSA has invested in AACIS’/CINow’s work to build local data capacity, through directly funding CI:Now, by donating its fiscal agency services, and by being a champion of data-driven action.
The three-part team of Jennifer Moriarty of Moriarty Consulting Group, Delise Crimmins of Redline Leadership, and CI:Now have been selected to provide facilitation and data support to the San Antonio Area Foundation-led SALSA (Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio) collective impact initiative “to create a community where seniors thrive and and are prized as vital citizens.”
CI:Now hosted the working meeting of the local partners of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. Partners learned about each others’ work and attended EastPoint neighborhood tours related to education and early childhood, workforce and economic development, or housing and neighborhood.
The Center for Health Care Services has been named one of 10 grantees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Data Across Sectors for Health initiative. CI:Now provides data and evaluation support to CHCS’ innovative work with the HASA health information exchange and hospital and criminal justice partners to improve cross-sector care coordination and quality of life for people living with severe mental illness.
The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio has awarded one year of continuation funding to the Presa Community Center for Project Puente, a promotora/community health worker program to prevent immediate hospital readmission by providing low-income and senior people with heart failure – as well as their families and caregivers – with the knowledge, skills, and tools to successfully manage their condition. CI:Now provides data and evaluation support to Project Puente.
Laura McKieran, CI:Now Director, has been elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). NNIP is “a collaboration of the Urban Institute and local partners in 30 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making.”