Culture of Data: Engaging Communities to Drive Health Equity

Presented by: Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) on June 23, 2017

The Culture of Data (CoD) conference brings together community members, academia, state/local government and nonprofit organizations that share a goal of achieving health equity.  Initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 2002, Regional Minority Health Consultant Lorenzo Olivas led the collaboration for 11 years.  With conference themes such as the environment, healthcare, behavioral health and more, conference organizers sought always to respond to the emerging needs of the Colorado community, always to bring together those who wanted to collaborate to use data in the work to eliminate health disparities.

 This year, the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) ushers in a new era for the Culture of Data conference as the primary fiduciary and project organizer. CPHA continues to stay true to the values and objectives of the conference as it remains community led and focused.  

The purpose of the conference is to connect community with data, particularly the underserved and racial ethnic/minority communities that experience inequities.  

The ongoing objectives of the Culture of Data conference are:

  • To identify and utilize the collection of health data on racial and ethnic populations that will impact health policy and the delivery of health services.
  • To influence research by enhancing the data collection and dissemination process for communities experiencing health disparities.
  • To develop and cultivate relationships and partnerships between communities and researchers seeking to achieve health equity.

The intended audience for this conference includes, but is not limited to: 

  • community service providers
  • community members and organizations
  • local non-profits
  • epidemiologists
  • health educators
  • legislators
  • physicians
  • clinical health providers
  • program coordinators and administrators
  • nurses
  • environmental health professionals
  • community health workers
  • patient navigators
  • public health officers
  • researchers and faculty
  • mental health professionals
  • policy professionals
  • students
  • related health specialists

The theme of this year’s conference is: Culture of Data: Engaging Communities to Drive Health Equity.

The 2017 Conference aims to:

  • Provide a forum for attendees to explore currently available health/demographic data to drive community based decision making
  • Connect community based organizations with health data partners
  • Collaborate on best practices for data use and analytics to understand health equity  
  • Build the skills and knowledge for each data user level to understand health inequities and inform future work and collaboration