Connecting the Dots: A Data Sharing Framework for Local Public Health Departments

Resource Summary

Data sharing between local health departments and other local organizations – such as schools, hospitals and police departments – offers an opportunity for generating knowledge and cross-jurisdictional exchange, addressing complex public health issues, and evaluating the success of public health interventions. This report by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  describes the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Data Sharing Framework and how it can be translated to use by other local health departments. The core elements of the data sharing framework include data sharing agreement, data management plan, data life cycle, and data infrastructure. Describing these core elements and the Colorado case study, this report provides best practices, lessons learned and important characteristics of successful data sharing that local health departments and their partners can use to guide their data sharing arrangements.

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