Event Summary-IE Health Data Summit

Riverside, CA - the IE Data Summit on Health and Well-Being, hosted in partnership with CSI-UCR and IE RISE, took place Wednesday, November 2, 2022 via Zoom. 

This was the second IE Data Summit, which is now taking place as a quarterly event with rotating topics. This IE Data Summit focused on health and well-being brought over 80 participants online to hear about recent research on health and well-being pertaining to the IE as well as data tool demonstrations to help gather and find significant health data indicators important to understanding the region’s needs better.

The research showcase portion of the event featured research specific to special populations of the IE such as Latinos from CSI’s report, ¡Aquí Estamos! A Data Profile of Latinos in the IE and trans community from Dr. Andrea Polinjo’s work from her time as a post doc with UCR’s School of Medicine, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patient Experience in the Inland Empire, California. The research showcase also featured recent Community Health Needs Assessments from regional hospitals such as Loma Linda University Health and Dignity Health, Community Hospital of San Bernardino. 

Data tools that were presented in the Data Tool Demonstration portion of the program included, SHAPE Riverside County, a data tool specific to demographics and indicators in Riverside County from Riverside University Health Systems, and the Healthy Places Index, a state-wide data tool from the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. 

Event attendees represented a diverse group from government, academia, nonprofit, and civic engagement organizations who discussed using data for community engagement, research, grant writing, strategic planning, and other work. One attendee reported, “The event was very informative and I learned a lot about data that has been gathered and how to best use [HPI] to narrow down the needs of the community.”

Folks were also excited to hear about other data initiatives out of CSI and IE RISE such as the IE Data Hub Working Group meetings, taking place the second Wednesday of every month from 1pm-2pm in which folks meet to discuss, plan, and build a data hub tool specific to the IE region. Several attendees reached out to get involved and participate in these meetings, noting the excitement of so many folks thinking and talking about this to make this idea a reality. 

This will be just the beginning of a series of more IE Data Summits out of CSI-UCR and IE RISE. For more information on future IE Data Summits, or to get involved in the IE Data Hub Working Group Meetings, please contact Sarah at sarah.wright@ucr.edu