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By Maya Uppaluru, Public Health Analyst for Health Innovation
On Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 4:36pm

When we think about improving someone’s health, we don’t always consider issues such as affordable housing, access to green space and local parks, the foster care system, access to food banks, or domestic violence hotlines. However, we all live within complex environments that play an important role in our overall well being—so much so that they can prevent even the most well-crafted medical diagnoses and treatment plans from being effective.
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By Paula A. Braun, HHS Entrepreneur-in-Residence
On Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:42am

Make a Difference in the Way CDC Visualizes Birth and Death Data
Effective visualizations take time and benefit from the input of a diverse set of stakeholders.  This year, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics is creating a social media campaign to explore complex health statistical issues through data visualization.  The campaign, called #vitalstatsviz, encourages civic-minded individuals to create visualizations of CDC birth and death data (also called Vital Statistics).   This campaign kicks off on January 14, 2015 and will continue for six months. Read more »
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By Sandeep Patel, Open Innovation Manager, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
On Monday, January 12, 2015 - 2:30pm

The Behavioral Risk Factor And Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation's premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect data regarding health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. A partnership among CDC and state health departments, BRFSS data is used to track health objectives, programs, implement disease prevention activities, and respond to public health emergencies. Read more »
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By Damon Davis, Dir. Health Data Initiative, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (@damonldavis)
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 11:30am

Recently, several HHS colleagues and I attended Health Data for the Common Good, which was sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund in conjunction with the California Health Care Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  HHS representatives included my colleagues from offices of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP); and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Read more »
By Allyn Moushey, Policy Advisor, HHS IDEA Lab
On Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:04pm

The HHS IDEA Lab has been researching the lack of information technology solutions for poor, multicultural and other underserved communities for the past few months.  Our initial analysis taught us that a key barrier to innovation in this space is a lack (or perceived lack) of interest from private investors and foundations.  So we thought to ourselves, since we are a “Lab,” why not test that assumption?
On December 3, 2014, the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT), in collaboration with the HHS IDEA Lab, convened a meeting in the Financial District of New York City.  Describing this unique meeting, Luis Belen, CEO of the NHIT Collaborative, said, "Collaboration across the private, public and community sectors is paramount in generating actionable solutions to the challenges our underserved communities face today.  This roundtable is the first of many opportunities for thought le­­aders to come together to advance our mutual goal of ending disparities leveraging health IT innovations.” Read more »