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.

05-13-2019 Publication

Partnerships, Programs, and Platforms: Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Multi-Sector Data Sharing

NIC’s new environmental scan, “Partnerships, Programs, and Platforms,” provides an overview of the technology behind emerging multi-sector initiatives to address the social determinants of health and well-being. It includes a broad synthesis of information from published, peer-reviewed articles as well as websites, blogs, conference presentations, and interviews with a variety of experts on social determinants and health equity. This publication was researched and written by AcademyHealth, which was Stewards of Change’s leadership partner in launching NIC. The content of this scan may be especially useful for those who are beginning social determinants work, preparing to scale up existing programs, or looking for new partners and focuses on intersections among health, human services, and public health initiatives and organizations.

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10-17-2018 Publication

Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care

“Economic incentives have driven the evolution of a health system that is frag-
mented, inefficient, and ineffective in matching identified needs with available
resources. The result is health care expenditures that are highest in the world
coupled with system-wide performance that ranks far below most other countries with similar economic profiles.” The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, implemented a project that focuses on potential health and health care improvement by addressing pervasive fragmentation in the United States’ health care system. Through the engagement of expert stakeholders, they explored different procurement approaches that health care systems can take to activate organizational demand for system-wide interoperability, specifically digital interoperability. The goal, on the behalf of all people and their health, is comprehensive data interoperability through the use of digital tools that interface seamlessly and deliver data in a trusted network.

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09-10-2018 Publication


This policy brief reviews the evidence linking trauma and adverse childhood experiences to opioid addiction. It also provides examples of effective prevention and treatment programs, and describes innovative approaches being used by communities to address the current epidemic. The argument is made that efforts to address the opioid crisis will be effective only if we acknowledge the roots of addiction and make investments in proven and promising prevention and treatment strategies.

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