Innovative Strategies for Multi-Sector Collaboration Using Integrated Data
Camden, New Jersey, is among the nation’s poorest and most crime-afflicted cities. Its health care system often delivers poorly coordinated care, and an estimated 30% of health care costs are devoted to 1% of the city’s population. These patients, burdened by financial and health challenges, often seek costly emergency room care for problems that preventive care might have helped to avoid.
Formed in 2002, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP) serves city residents by addressing challenges shared by the city’s health care providers. CCHP uses data from its provider partners to map hotspots of health care “superutilizers,” which can shape the design of targeted interventions. An interactive website lets the public explore Camden health trends in real time.
The Aetna Foundation is helping CCHP take another major step toward addressing Camden’s health issues. With Foundation funding, CCHP is creating a new database that combines health data with social data such as education, employment, homelessness and law enforcement records. The database will profile who is vulnerable, inform health care workers about the social issues that affect care, improve care coordination, and generate cost-savings.
The database also has the potential to help health, education and human service agencies collaborate more effectively on issues of poverty, homelessness, education and criminal justice. The database aspires to show how integrated data sets can help us tackle large-scale social problems, and may ultimately inform city, state and national policy.