HealthInfoNet awarded Robert Wood Johnson DASH grant to “CIC-START” Efforts to Improve Health through Data Sharing

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 HealthInfoNet awarded Robert Wood Johnson DASH grant to “CIC-START” Efforts to Improve Health through Data Sharing
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Portland, ME – January 24, 2018.  HealthInfoNet (HIN) was awarded a planning grant from Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This 6-month pilot initiative called CIC-START (Community Impact Contracts – Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted) aims to help local collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health.

HealthInfoNet’s initiative – Maine’s Homeless Health Information Planning Collaborative – will work to build shared knowledge and recommendations for data integration between the homeless service providers and the health care community.

“HealthInfoNet recognizes this urgent opportunity to build on the initial DASH grant’s success and has a proven record of accomplishment as a trusted statewide entity that can convene stakeholders to drive actionable, sustainable multi-sector data sharing,” said Katie Sendze, Client Services Director at HealthInfoNet. “Through this work, we hope to identify the desired data that primary care and other users need access to meet the goals of improving the health of the homeless population they serve.”

By giving local collaborations the momentum they need to take their data sharing efforts to the next level, DASH CIC-START aims to accelerate progress towards developing precise, data-driven public health initiatives that are more effective at reducing health disparities.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, but to achieve this vision we need to shift our approach by moving beyond the health care sector and analyzing data on social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health,” says DASH Co-Director Clare Tanner at the Michigan Public Health Institute. “We hope that DASH CIC-START helps local collaborations stake significant steps toward aligning multi-sector partners around data-driven approaches that promote health equity.”

Read the full DASH Press Release.



About HealthInfoNet
HealthInfoNet is an independent, nonprofit organization using information technology to improve patient care quality and safety. The organization manages Maine’s statewide health information exchange and offers services to encourage health information technology adoption and support new and emerging models of care and care management. HealthInfoNet is connected to all hospitals in Maine, manages data on 98% of the state’s residents and offers analytics and reporting tools to improve the quality and safety of health care in Maine. The organization maintains administrative offices in Portland, Maine. For more information, please visit


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at


About Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)
As part of its multi-sector data and information system focus, RWJF launched DASH, which aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to share data for community health improvement. The DASH National Program Office, led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute and with support from the Foundation, is responsible for leading DASH. To learn more, visit or follow us @DASH_connect.