Effective Public Health Data Sharing for Local Decision Making

Year: 2012
Funding: Jr Investigator Award
Status: Completed


The principle objective of this proposal is to provide a scientific basis from which to address information system & technology related gaps in public health data sharing between state agencies and local health departments. Using NACCHO's 2008 Profile Survey and ASTHO's 2007 Profile of State Public Health, the study will document the extent of data sharing gaps in key public health activities reported by local health departments and then identify the organizational, structural, and contextual factors associated with increasing data gaps using regression models. Interviews with a sample of local health departments will describe the impact of information gaps on decision making capabilities and identify locally developed solutions to mitigate or manage any detrimental effects from data sharing gaps. This project will add to the PHSSR evidence base by: 1) providing a description of the gaps in public health data sharing; 2) identifying the factors associated with those gaps and explanations of how those factors influence the gaps; 3) providing direction and guidance on how to improve public health data sharing from an overall system and local perspective.


Joshua Vest, Ph.D., M.P.H.


L. Michele Issel, Ph.D., RN
Clinical Professor
Community Health Sciences Division
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago


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