Create a Community of Practice so that Localities can Share Innovative Policy Ideas and Learn from what is Working
The Roundtable briefing paper, webinar, and breakout sessions highlighted many examples of states and localities using SDOH data in innovative ways to respond to COVID-19. An online platform, communications programs, or live convenings could enable local leaders to exchange ideas and learn from each other. While such an effort could be led by HHS, foundations, or other national organizations, it should be developed collaboratively with local departments of health to ensure that their concerns and interests are understood and met.
Next Steps: Identify one or more government agencies or organizations that can lead this community of practice. Engage local health departments to identify key components of a community of practice or information sharing mechanism.
Impact: Will increase the spread of best practices in the fight against COVID-19 and build relationships between key stakeholders. Could eventually help build partnerships with local organizations to gather individual-level SDOH data, better connect communities with aid, and more.
Who can take action: Convening organization(s) such as HHS or major foundations. State and local departments of health, CBOs and other local nonprofit groups, individuals, hospitals and other healthcare institutions.