Recently, the All In: Data for Community Health network convened its first in-person meeting—bringing together more than 250 changemakers looking to build capacity and address the social determinants of health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. Created by the Data Across Sectors of Health (DASH) and the Community Health Peer Learning Program (CHP), All In is a “network of networks” designed to share lessons learned and foster peer learning. The BUILD Health Challenge and the Colorado Health Foundation have since joined this work and collectively, this unique network now reflects the efforts and insights from 50 community collaborations across the country.
The gathering aimed to celebrate and support community capacity for cross-sector, data driven transformation. Sessions focused on everything from “Moving Interventions Upstream: How Data Can Help Make the Financial Case for Early Intervention and Prevention” and “How to Begin and Expand Your Multi-sector Conversations” to “Celebrating Community voices: The Influence and Impact of Community Engagement” and “Beyond the Next Grant: Planning for Sustainability” were featured in the agenda. The information presented during a variety of sessions, break out groups, and shared meals was significant, but for me as an attendee, it was really the networking opportunities that proved to be the most transformative. Surrounded by voices from community groups, hospitals, foundations, public health departments, it was clear that data will continue to play a large role in shaping the future of health as we know it.
For the BUILD Health Challenge community it was a great opportunity to convene several BUILD stakeholders, including site representatives from: Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Aurora, CO; and Ontario CA. In addition, several BUILD funders including the Colorado Health Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, actively engaged in the gathering to both learn and share on the various topics. One of my favorite gatherings featured BUILD site representatives sharing firsthand accounts of their work—including obstacles they were facing and big wins that they’ve had along the way—in specially designed breakout sessions. Another highlight of the week was seeing how individual communities, each applying the BUILD model of change in their own unique ways, were able to support the ideation of peers facing similar situations. The benefits of shared learnings in a setting such as the All In meeting were clearly and quickly realized.
From the BUILD perspective, networks such as All In hit squarely at our target aim to cultivate, “Partnerships that use data from both clinical and community sources as a tool to identify key needs, measure meaningful change, and facilitate transparency amongst stakeholders
to generate actionable insights. ” BUILD communities represent not only the need for networks such as All In, but also how such a network might thrive. It will be exciting to see where the network goes based on the needs and wants of this growing and evolving group.
If you were unable to attend, but want to learn more, I encourage you to check out this summary of the meeting captured via Storify by the All In team.
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