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Blog Posts By: Joseph Lightner

How to do data integration: The process from City of Kansas City, Health Department

November 28, 2018


Providers need all of the available data to best serve their clients. However, some client information is not available when it could be useful to a provider, even though the information has been collected and stored in an electronic system. In addition, similar data may be defined differently by different agencies and in different data […]

Improving HIV quality of care through data integration

September 20, 2018


HIV+ individuals suffer from high levels of stigma. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice still exist for people living with HIV. Therefore, any data that is tied to HIV status must be kept in the highest of confidences. However, data sharing is an important aspect of providing quality care and wrap around services for individuals suffering from […]

What no one tells you about leadership

July 18, 2017


Who honestly cares about leadership? I don’t think I have ever heard someone say, “Omg! I can’t wait until the next leadership seminar that I have to attend!” I work in the public health industry, and even I, someone who has dedicated my career to improving the health of our residents, never saw the true […]


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