CI:Now’s Laura McKieran introduced CI:Now and the Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA) to the San Antonio Funders Group on April 6, 2017. The Funders Group learned about ARDA’s new community strategy, what work CI:Now is already doing in these areas, what remains to be done, and the roles local foundations and philanthropists can play in improving lives by establishing and supporting a culture of data-driven action.
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.
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)
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.
CI:Now presented an abbreviated version of The State of Children in Bexar County (8 MB file) at the kickoff meeting of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County-convened Community Agenda for Children. This meeting was the first of three to shape a community-wide agenda that promotes the well-being of children and to commit to a roadmap for implementing and actions that will realize that vision. The full version linked above focuses on children birth to eight years old and covers demographics, conditions our children are living in, how they’re faring, and what we know about the long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences. The presentation includes several animated time series maps, so noted on the relevant slides, so be sure to give those a few moments to play.
Clarissa Ozuna, CI:Now Program Manager for Research, presented at the September 2016 partner meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in Cleveland, OH. The Ignite (five-minute format) presentation titled Data Behind the Data: Using Metadata to Inform Data Collection Process Improvement focused on how to use metadata – data about the data – to improve data collection tools and processes.
CI:Now Director Laura McKieran joined Claudia Coulton from Case Western Reserve University, Sheila Martin from Portland State University, and Cindy Guy from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on a panel discussion at the September 2016 partner meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in Cleveland, OH. The purpose of the panel, NNIP’s 20th Anniversary: Celebrating the Past and Charting the Future, was to “learn about the origins of the NNIP network, reflect on how the network supports the critical contributions of current partners, and explore how the network can continue to evolve, while staying true to its founding principles.”
By establishing and supporting a culture of data-driven action, we will improve the quality of life of people in our region. Check out the draft Product Vision Board that lays out a roadmap to reach that vision.