August 21, 2019
For Immediate Release
IMPAQ International has been named by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a semifinalist in its Visualization Resources of Community-Level Social Determinants of Health Challenge.
In this competitive nationwide challenge, IMPAQ was recognized for its dynamic data visualization solution, designed to empower local stakeholders to promote equitable health outcomes for vulnerable communities.
State and local governments and community-based organizations need easy-to-use tools for analyzing social determinants of health (SDoH)—factors that can facilitate or inhibit a person’s ability to reach their health potential. In an effort to promote open innovation, AHRQ called for creative approaches for visualizing public health data alongside SDoH factors such as income levels, educational opportunities, food insecurity, and housing availability.
“Understanding and addressing social determinants of health is vital to achieving health equity, but resources for finding and using SDoH data are often limited,” says Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi, President of IMPAQ. “We commend AHRQ for leading the charge toward equitable health care by investing in innovative ideas that put relevant data in the hands of local decision makers.”
As a next step, IMPAQ will engage potential users to ensure the tool is an accessible, go-to resource for determining how to address health inequities while considering local circumstances and environments.
This prize-winning solution builds on IMPAQ’s decades of experience developing and implementing solutions to complex social and policy challenges facing the nation. By combining expertise in social determinants of health and health care policy with technical innovation in data management, analysis, and visualization, IMPAQ stands at the forefront of a movement toward health care that is not only accessible to all but equitable for all.
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IMPAQ Health helps Federal, state and local governments, health care systems, community organizations, and other stakeholders improve access, quality, and equity in the US health care system.