New grant will improve tracking of public health data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:01
Media Contacts: Staishy Bostick Siem, sbsiem@uw.edu, 206-221-8429; Liz Hunter-Keller, lizhk@uw.edu, 206-221-5764

Data are key to understanding trends in health, especially when it comes to local health departments and how they use their resources. Everything from care for newborn babies to infectious disease control is managed in these settings, yet they lack consistent data tracking mechanisms to understand how budget cuts or increases are impacting programs, and therefore, overall health of the communities they serve.