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March 2013 St@teside

Data Speaks: Creating integrated data systems to facilitate cross-system collaboration

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET, Rutgers University’s Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment (MEDNET
1) and Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) will co-host a webinar focused on how data can be shared to facilitate policy development.

Timely, relevant, and high-quality data is critical to public policy decision making and organizational practice, especially with regards to child welfare. The availability of such data, however, is a far greater challenge. Sometimes planners and policy-makers have access to real-time pristine data sets but often that’s not the case. In such instances, either existing data have to be adapted, or new data sources have to be developed. During this free Data Speaks: Creating integrated data systems to facilitate cross-system collaboration Webinar, panel members will draw from the expertise of academicians, health researchers, and policy-makers to present:

  • The types of data which will advance the work of states in overseeing psychotropic medication use
  • The various uses of the data from synthesis to analysis to policy development
  • The strategies for using data to inform case practice and supervision
  • The essential and fundamental collaboration between the academics/researchers and policy-makers necessary to make it all work

Attendees will learn about how to evaluate the data available to them, where to find additional sources of data, how to build a partnership with academics/researchers to support data driven child welfare practice and policy, and how to integrate the use of data into every level of child welfare administration.

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This Webinar is a revival of a workshop panel from the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families’ (ACYF) August 2012 Summit, Because Minds Matter: Collaborating to Strengthen Management of Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Foster Care. Because the workshop was such a success, the speakers have agreed to present again with ACYF’s Commissioner Bryan Samuels and Dr. Stephen Crystal from Rutgers University making opening remarks. 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD, Institute for Public Health, Washington University, St. Louis (Moderator)
  • Scott Bilder, PhD, Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
  • Jessica Hanak-Coulter, LMSW, South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • Alan Shafer, PhD, Texas Health and Senior Services Commission, Center for Strategic Decision Support

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1AcademyHealth is a partner with Rutgers on the Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment  (MEDNET) project, a three year, multi-state consortium focused on increasing the utilization of evidence-based clinical and delivery system practices in the provision of mental health treatment for beneficiaries of state Medicaid programs.