IPHI’s Center for Health and Information Technology (CHIT) assures that public health data and information are used to strengthen policy, planning and program development by working for improved public and private data collection, integration and dissemination.
In February 2015 the Illinois Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Office (NPO) for a national initiative to foster multi-sector information sharing to improve the health of communities. As part of RWJF’s “Culture of Health,” Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is supporting local collaborations to engage non-traditional sectors and strengthen information sharing among partners. DASH is also identifying barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress to share with the field.
The Illinois Framework for Healthcare and Human Services, a multi-agency collaborative, coordinates the use of technology and shared data across Illinois’ federally-funded healthcare transformation initiatives. The Illinois Framework is building connections between state agencies, and leveraging multiple federal investments that enable better information sharing, to give Illinois and its service providers the ability to adopt a more efficient, comprehensive approach to service delivery. The Framework Stakeholder Engagement Project is engaging health and human service consumers, community-based providers, advocates and state employees to gather ideas and develop a more user-friendly, consumer-focused system. IPHI has served as the Framework’s lead partner in engaging stakeholders since 2011. In total, IPHI has led more than 100 events across the state and online, and more than 2,500 stakeholders have participated in Illinois Framework activities. Click here to learn more about the Framework.
The State of Illinois has undertaken the task of replacing the 30 year old Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) with the Illinois Medicaid Program Advanced Cloud Technology (IMPACT). The modernization of MMIS is expected to lead to improvements in member management, provider management and claims processing. In February 2015, IPHI began supporting IMPACT Provider Enrollment Communications by providing technical assistance and consultation to the Illinois Framework Project Management Office for two monthly webinar series for state agency staff and service providers. The goal of the webinar series is to prepare state agency staff to use the new system and ready providers for any procedural changes related to provider enrollment in IMPACT. To date, over 100 state agency staff and over 1,000 service providers have participated in the monthly webinar series. Click here to learn more about IMPACT Provider Enrollment.
The Federal Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) authorized an estimated $90 million grant to the State of Illinois to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS). In collaboration with DHS, Aging and the Illinois Framework, HFS convened the BIP stakeholder group in January 2014. IPHI provided both content and process support for the BIP stakeholder group through meeting facilitation, material preparation and survey administration. To date, IPHI has facilitated 6 meetings and conducted 5 surveys with over 100 stakeholders. Click here to learn more about BIP.
From June through December of 2014 the Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation (GOHIT) convened Stakeholder Work Groups to support the development of recommendations for the Alliance for Health Innovation Plan and the 1115 waiver application. The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), with support from the Illinois Framework, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Michael Reese Health Trust helped coordinate parts of the stakeholder feedback process which resulted in over 200 recommendations to transform Illinois’ healthcare and human service systems. IPHI served as Work Group Coordinators for the Data and Technology Work Group and the Long-term Services and Support Subcommittee. Between the two groups, the Stakeholder Engagement Team facilitated 28 meetings and conducted 13 surveys with over 700 stakeholders. Click here to learn more about GOHIT.
In-Person Counselors (Navigators) for ACA Enrollment
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in coordination with the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, provided grant funds to organizations across the state to assist Illinois residents enrolling in new health insurance options made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The West Suburban Cook County ACA Coverage Network, a consortium of seven local community-based service providers, received a $250,000 grant from IDPH to conduct outreach, education and enrollment activities to help residents of Lyons and Proviso Townships access health care coverage. IPHI is acting as an advisory partner to the Coverage Network, providing consultation on communications, strategic planning and project management. IPHI’s role is to support the WSCC ACA Coverage and Get Covered Illinois in ensuring that everyone can receive affordable, high-quality medical care.
Early in 2013, IPHI formed a collaboration with the Mississippi Public Health Institute and the Texas Health Institute to respond to a Request for Proposals to investigate the current state and uses for local policy databases in public health. The collaboration is using an iterative approach to conduct the environmental scan, using the Institutes’ expertise, advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and subject matter experts to define the scope of the scan and test it against our consultants’ model policy databases. We will conduct an environmental scan of health policy databases, including databases in other sectors that are suggested by criteria for healthy communities. Our team will survey and/or interview a select group of potential users to develop a menu of content, tools, and services would be most useful for practitioners. Our team will translate the findings and analysis into a conceptual model of the comprehensive local policy database. The final deliverables for this project are due at the end of September. Click here to learn more about the Local Policy Database Scan.
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