Learning Library

Our Learning Library is intended as a virtual resource center where professionals can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human services, education, public health, public safety, health information technology and emergency services. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use – and we will add resources continually over time. The Learning Library is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter.

To make the Learning Library as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves or that they are already utilizing. Please fill out and submit the form below to provide your suggestions and comments, or send an email to info@stewardsofchange.org.

11-12-2019 Toolkit

Toolkit: Promoting Data Sharing Approaches

This toolkit, by the Topos Partnership, is intended to help communicators talk about and promote a wide range of data sharing, with broad audiences. The goal is to identify ways of creating more constructive and supportive dialog with more people, and to explore ways of navigating challenges so that they don’t derail the conversation. It consists of a set of brief, concrete discussions of communications choices and considerations, as well as a set of concrete illustrations of how the recommendations can play out in real-world communications contexts. The Toolkit is designed as a stand-alone document—readers don’t necessarily need to dive deeper into the research and rationales behind the material. But anyone interested in doing so is invited to read the accompanying research report.

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11-12-2019 Report

Promoting Data Sharing Approaches

This report. by the Topos Partnership, is intended to help communicators talk about and promote a wide range of data sharing, with broad audiences. The goal is to identify ways of creating more constructive and supportive dialog with more people, and to explore ways of navigating challenges so that they don’t derail the conversation.

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11-06-2019 Report

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities

Summary Report: As the impact of the opioid epidemic is felt in communities across the US, public libraries are choosing to be part of the community response. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, (project number LG-00-18-0298-18), and in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), OCLC is sharing knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies to address the opioid epidemic in America.

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10-30-2019 Report

DASH Environmental Scan: Early Learnings from an Emerging Field

In 2015, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) conducted an environmental scan of the state of multi-sector data sharing initiatives aimed at improving community health. Monitoring and analysis is ongoing, but the initial findings show a vibrant and diverse set of initiatives exist across the country. The results, summarized in this executive summary, provide context on the landscape in which DASH and similar initiatives are working.

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10-30-2019 Article

The feasibility of screening for social determinants of health: Seven lessons learned

“Social determinants of health” (SDOH) has become an inescapable buzzword in family medicine in part because of the magnitude of impact that SDOH have on our patients’ wellbeing. Drawing a direct comparison between social factors and medical conditions, researchers have estimated that low education, racial segregation, and low social support make a contribution to mortality that is equivalent to acute myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, and lung cancer, respectively. Particularly as we strive toward the Quadruple Aim in health care, the “conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age” can no longer be categorized strictly as nonmedical factors and, therefore, outside the scope of primary care.

Although many in primary care agree about the importance of screening patients for social needs and referring to supportive community resources, legitimate concerns exist about the feasibility of doing so. To explore these issues, our family medicine clinic recently conducted a nine-month SDOH pilot project. This article shares our outcomes and some surprising lessons learned.

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10-08-2019 Toolkit

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook

The AHRQ Academy developed the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (referred to as the MAT for OUD Playbook), a practical guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. While the Playbook aims to help providers in rural primary care, the information in the Playbook should apply to other ambulatory care settings. This interactive, web-based product has the latest guidance, tools, and resources that address key aspects of implementation.

The MAT for OUD Playbook aims to address the growing need for guidance as more primary care practices and health systems begin to implement MAT. The Playbook’s framework is designed to be useful for practices implementing any array of MAT servi

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