Environmental Health

Data Partnerships to Improve Health

Increased adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) as a result of federal initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use (MU) have underscored the need to develop better strategies for using data in health agencies, as well as develop and support an informatics workforce that can understand and meet these increased needs. ASTHO’s Data Partnerships to Improve Health project aims to further environmental health (EH) involvement in EHRs, MU, and other national initiatives which impact the integration, implementation, and capacity around EH data exchange efforts and address electronic health data, health data systems, and surveillance systems, as they relate to EH. Specific objectives include engaging with various federal and national partners on public health informatics, data systems and the integration of EH data into electronic health records (EHRs), and enhancing data partnerships and communication between state health agencies and their respective data stewards.

Environmental Health Data Partnerships Collaborative

As part of the Data Partnerships to Improve Health project, ASTHO convened the Environmental Health Data Partnerships Collaborative to guide and advise ASTHO’s efforts in building state and territorial health agency capacity to address public health informatics and data systems issues and in exploring opportunities for the integration of environmental health information with electronic health records.

Environmental Health Data Partnerships Collaborative (project description)

Electronic Health Records: A Source for Environmental Public Health Surveillance (report)

Data Stewards Package: Building Data Partnerships to Improve Health

This toolkit was developed to provide health agencies with a set of materials to assist them in building relationships and forming partnerships with their respective data stewards. Materials can be used individually or together as a “Benefits Package” to supplement current data steward outreach efforts.

Building Data Partnerships to Improve Health (toolkit)