Publication: Two takeaways from cross-sector collaboration between the healthcare and criminal justice systems

Cross-sector Data in Action brief cover page
Date
August 31, 2018
Camden Coalition patients and staff advocate for New Jersey state policy change around state-issued ID.
February 19, 2020
Proposed changes to Medicaid threaten people with complex needs
Proposed changes to Medicaid and the social safety net pose real threats to people with complex needs.
Shelby Kehoe
January 9, 2020
On the Health Affairs blog: RCT results show a way forward for the Camden Coalition and complex care
In this blog post published on the Health Affairs blog, CEO Kathleen Noonan discusses lessons from the Camden Coalition RCT.
Kathleen Noonan
January 8, 2020
The Camden Core Model RCT shows us a path forward for complex care
A message from our CEO Kathleen Noonan on next steps after the evaluation of our care management intervention, published today in NEJM
Kathleen Noonan
Camden Coalition staff review a whiteboard with patient enrollment information
January 8, 2020
Sharing evidence to inform the future of healthcare delivery and complex care: Lessons from the Camden Coalition and J-PAL North America partnership
Part 2 of a Q&A blog series describing the partnership between the Camden Coalition and researchers affiliated with J-PAL North America.
Kathleen Noonan, Aaron Truchil, Amy Finkelstein
Camden Coalition staff hold whiteboard showing RCT enrollment numbers
January 8, 2020
Evaluating the Camden Core Model: How a research partnership between the Camden Coalition and J-PAL North America was built
Part 1 of a Q&A blog series describing the partnership between the Camden Coalition and researchers affiliated with J-PAL North America.
Kathleen Noonan, Aaron Truchil, Amy Finkelstein
November 14, 2019
It takes an ecosystem: Finding success in complex care
Read the Putting Care at the Center 2019 opening remarks by Kathleen Noonan, CEO
Kathleen Noonan

By David Scholnick

A couple years ago in Iowa City, the Police Department noticed that a few residents struggling with homelessness were cycling back and forth through the medical, mental health, and criminal justice systems. About the same time, in Camden, our data team found that a disproportionate number of people with histories of arrest were using the city’s emergency rooms several times a year.

The Iowa City PD partnered with a countywide homelessness outreach coalition and started the state’s first-ever Housing First program. The Camden Coalition collaborated with the Camden County jail to create Camden RESET, a pilot intervention focused on people with complex health and social needs as they exit the jail. Neither solution would have been possible without robust data sharing between the healthcare and criminal justice sectors. Such collaboration can be intimidating in the face of legal and technical hurdles, many of which may not even be fully understood. But with common goals, trusting relationships, and some key legal knowledge, organizations can team up and make a profound difference in the lives of some of their most vulnerable neighbors.

Cross-sector Data in Action is the third in a series of three briefs and companion webinars outlining considerations for cross-sector data sharing to improve health and well-being. The series was produced by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition, and made possible by the Aetna Foundation. The National Center is a contributor to the American Journal of Managed Care‘s website, where this series is cross-posted.

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