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Dr. Vanessa Fry Presented at WellSky 2019 CareForum on Homeless Data Integration

Vanessa Fry and Kim Keaton

Dr. Vanessa Fry, Idaho Policy Institute Research Director, presented alongside Kim Keaton, Corporation for Supportive Housing Director of Data and Analysis, at the WellSky 2019 CareForum. Their talk was titled, “First Comes Data: Using Homeless & Healthcare Data to Drive Housing Interventions and Reduce Public Costs”. Kim talked about national trends in homelessness data sharing, including integrating data from health care and criminal justice systems and Vanessa┬áprovided a case study of data integration using New Path Community Housing in Ada County. Using this case study, Kim and Vanessa shared improved ways of integrating homeless and housing data with health care and other systems so that they may both identify people for interventions and track outcomes for those in housing to demonstrate impact. The talk left the listeners with the value of integrating health and housing data and the impact that housing can have on the health care utilization.