Annual Conference 2021

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Rising to the Challenge:
Connecting Data with Policy

 Virtual Sessions: September 27 - October 8, 2021


NAHDO is pleased to inform you that the 36th Annual Conference “Rising to the Challenge: Connecting Data with Policy” will include a full set of virtual sessions. 

We understand that with the current status of the pandemic, many people may have difficulty committing to attend an in-person event at this point. By keeping the main component of the conference in a virtual format, we will allow more people the opportunity to participate both as attendees and presenters without reducing content. Based on our learning from the 2020 conference, we are prepared to offer improved opportunities to preserve attendee interaction, while expanding access to more participants and facilitating network and social interaction. All registrants will be able to view and participate in live interactive sessions. In addition, all sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing by paid registrants after the conference ends.

    This year’s conference will include sessions touching on seven major themes:

    • Using Health Data to Measure the Impacts of COVID-19
    • Working Toward Uniformity
    • Data Linkage
    • Addressing Variations in Health
    • Privacy, Security, Data Access and Release
    • Documenting and Reducing Healthcare Costs
    • Funding and Sustainability Plans

    Call for Abstracts

    NAHDO's Program Planning Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for our 36th Annual Conference. If you would like to present your work or ideas during one of our virtual sessions (September 27 - October 8, 2021), please submit your abstract proposal using this form or your panel proposal using this form.

    Here are some specific session topics that are of interest to the planning committee:

    • Using Health Data to Measure the Impacts of COVID-19
      • Novel ideas that have risen to the challenge
      • How did healthcare data successfully inform decision-making?
      • Lessons learned for next time
      • Missed data opportunities during the pandemic
      • Impact of COVID on non-COVID services, such as telemedicine and childhood vaccinations
      • What has happened to substance abuse and mental health during the pandemic?
    • Working Toward Uniformity
      • The standardization of data collection
      • Commonalities in analytics/information tools
      • Uniformity in data release and access 
    • Data Linkage 
      • Operational issues
      • Supplementing existing datasets with new sources to derive useful information
      • Technical challenges and rewards
    • Addressing Variations in Health
      • Research on social determinants of health
      • Race and ethnicity factors and analysis
      • Geographic (Urban/Rural) 
    • Privacy, Security, Data Access and Release
      • Preventing and responding to data breaches
      • Use of de-identified data by the general public
      • Opportunities to have more info available to the public in terms of quality outcomes
    • Documenting and Reducing Healthcare Costs
      • Identifying and addressing healthcare cost drivers and affordability
      • Using healthcare data to highlight affordability and access issues
      • Identifying the variability of cost across providers and payers
      • Using consumer-generated information to reduce costs
      • Leveraging & building on CMS hospital price transparency data & efforts
      • Using APCDs to help state set and manage cost targets
    • Funding and Sustainability Plans 
      • Impact of the No Surprises Act
      • What does multistate access look like?
      • New approached for health data organization funding

    For full consideration, abstract submissions must be received by March 26, 2021 April 9, 2021.