In the first phase of this work, we have focused on three areas: (1) behavioral health, (2) housing and (3) neighborhood-centered collaboration and data-sharing. We have made strides in our ability to include local data in Community Commons and share across sectors, but we are also learning that our efforts must simultaneously be focused on building capacity building for decision-makers and leaders to use data to inform their work. We continue to replicate and expand this data-driven process in other areas while deepening the work that has begun already.
What is the goal of Community Commons?
Support place-based, cross-sector collaborations that address complex social issues by turning data into meaningful information that can inform strategic learning and drive decision-making. In the end, we hope to increase the impact of those working toward healthy, equitable, and sustainable community in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley through these collaborative efforts.
Samantha A. Shaak
Manager, Health Systems Research & Evaluation
Department of Community Health