Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Will Discuss Data for Health Findings
Technology in health continues to rise rapidly with the creation of wearable health and fitness tools such as the Fitbit, Nike Fuel band, Apple Health Application, and more. However, despite the ease of data collection by using these devices, health officials have still had difficulty harnessing the data for use in communities to improve health. In the Fall of 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched the Data for Health initiative. The initiative was created in order to explore how information and data on health can be utilized to help build a Culture of Health where everyone has the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives. In conjunction with the initiative, the Data for Health advisory committee hosted a series of “Learning What Works” events in five cities across the United States. These events were developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.
On April 2, 2015, the RWJF will be releasing the findings to their study at Union Station’s Columbus Club in Washington, D.C. The live streamed release will cover how diverse sectors of the government, business, health care, public health, social services and community-based organizations can better collect, share and utilize health information to improve health. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health worked in collaboration with the RWJF in 2014 and continues to partner with the Foundation as the County Health Rankings are released.
For more information on the Data for Health Initiative click here.