Individuals with complex health and social needs often cycle through various systems— including healthcare, social services, and criminal justice— without cross-sector communication or coordination. Cross-sector data sharing can help break down some of the barriers to providing whole-person care, but the process of creating strong data-sharing partnerships can be daunting.

With support from the Aetna Foundation , the National Center produced a series of webinars to provide practical examples of successful cross-sector data sharing. The National Center held three webinars from May to November 2017 along with other experts in cross-sector data sharing and is publishing three accompanying briefs. These resources cover the importance of building trust when embarking on data-sharing partnerships, navigating legal parameters for cross-sector data sharing, and activating shared data.

Part 1: Building trust for cross-sector data collaboration

The creation of data-sharing partnerships requires flexible relationship-building approaches that establish trust among partnering organizations. Conversations with AllianceChicago, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and Providence Health and Services Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation illuminated six strategies for building the trust needed to support collaborative relationships. The materials in this section highlight the way these organizations built trust with their partners.

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Read the brief

Part 2: Navigating legal parameters for cross-sector data collaboration

Establishing data sharing partnerships requires navigating legal and regulatory guidelines that have not kept up with current technology, and that were not designed with cross-sector collaboration in mind. Cross-sector collaboration, by nature, involves industries bound by different regulations. Potential partners may shy away from sharing data because they are unclear about the legal and ethical implications of data sharing, or because they are wary of what the other partners may do with the data. The materials in this section highlight how organizations like the San Diego Fire Rescue, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers have addressed legal and regulatory concerns while building cross-sector data sharing relationships.

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Read the brief

Download sample disclosure decision matrix here
Download data sharing agreement here

Part 3: Activating shared data

Cross-sector data partnerships can help organizations plan and implement services and programs by allowing providers to identify the social factors that negatively impact the health of people with complex health and social needs, and better align systems that serve overlapping populations. This section focuses on how organizations are using collaborative data to drive decisions and to plan and implement programming. The webinar features speakers from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Iowa City Police Department, and Trenton Health Team.

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Brief coming soon!