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Share ideas that government, academia, the private sector, healthcare providers, and civil society can take to accelerate understanding and action related to SDOH and COVID-19 at the state and local level.

  • What kinds of federal data could be useful to states in the short term, and what local, state and national-level surveillance data will be important for rapid learning related to effective response and public health and clinical interventions?
  • What are the best opportunities for public-private collaboration in research and data-driven approaches to COVID-19 that leverage SDOH data?
  • What collaboration/coordination structures could increase the value and usability of case data for COVID-19, and its use in research studies? What could do the same for relevant SDOH data?



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Collaborate with FCC's Connect America Fund

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides funding for rural broadband.  (  It could be really valuable to work with local coalitions in newly funded geographic areas to help them plan for SDoH data integration upstream and track their progress.   

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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 raised many examples of states and localities using SDOH data in innovative ways to respond to COVID-19. HHS and its partners could convene or facilitate a platform, data hub, or communication mechanisms for local leaders to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

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Capitalize on the opportunities created by COVID-19 to address long-standing SDOH data challenges through pandemic-related legislation and other initiatives

COVID-19 has heightened general awareness of the significance of SDOH and is opening up new funding as various response legislation is passed. This can present opportunities to insert components to address long-standing challenges, such as the interoperability of SDOH data across sectors and levels of government; the need for unique patient identifiers; standardization of SDOH data elements; and the lack of electronic records (analogous to EHRs) in community-based and social service...

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Make meaningful investments in effective contact tracing

In order to collect valid information, contact tracers must be trusted by the communities from which they collect data. When possible, contact tracers should share a cultural background with communities they work in. Contact tracers need to be paid more than minimum wage so that it is a viable livelihood for those engaging in this work.

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Create a national public database of COVID-19 cases/deaths/testing at the sub-census tract level

Hyper-local information is essential to making local policy decisions and is also a powerful tool for individuals making choices in their daily lives to keep themselves safe. Available platforms, presented at higher levels of aggregation, do not sufficiently inform actions at the community and neighborhood level, including decisions about reopening schools.

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