The pandemic has underscored the need for data infrastructure modernization at health departments. In collaboration with the CDC, PHII is providing guidance and support to public health jurisdictions on developing data modernization plans, as well as improving informatics infrastructure and workforce capacity. Activities include facilitating a data modernization learning community, providing planning resources and coordinating a workshop for data modernization leads.
Data modernization Resources

Data Modernization Learning Community

The Data Modernization learning community calls consist of peer-to-peer presentations on data modernization successes and challenges with the chance to collaborate with peers from other jurisdictions. Data modernization resources and planning materials are available for DMI leads through the project collaboration workspace, Basecamp. The workspace houses meeting materials and recordings, documents and files, and facilitates interactive conversations through the use of message boards and forums. 

Data Modernization Workshop

PHII convened recipients from 60 jurisdictions, the majority of which are part of the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement and informatics experts in a three-day virtual and interactive workshop titled Data Modernization: Building on Shared Services and Enterprise Technologies in May 2021. The workshop aimed to support health departments in achieving scalable and sustainable information infrastructure through: improving data modernization advocacy and planning, building workforce capacity and collaborating on shared solutions. 

Data Modernization Planning Toolkit

The toolkit supports Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) in planning data modernization ventures at health departments. It is not an implementation plan, as each jurisdiction’s data modernization projects will differ. Instead, it is a guide to build leadership and partner buy-in for data modernization work and to assist health departments in developing plans that prioritize data modernization activities.

PHII is a program of the Task Force for Global Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded as the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984. The Task Force is affiliated with Emory University.