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Data are essential to inform public health activities. While an abundance of data are collected and used in different sectors, laws define how data can be used to promote health of individuals and communities.
Strength in Numbers: Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Care and Education Programs through Linking Administrative Data
This resource describes challenges in linking administrative data relating to early care and education programs and provides specific strategies to address them.
This resource provides an overview of the federal laws relating to data protections for occupational health records and provides some guidance for determining which regulations could apply in given circumstances.
Issue Brief: Disclosure of Identifiable Information by the Veterans Health Administration for Public Health Purposes
This issue brief examines federal laws governing the release of identifiable information by the Veterans Health Administration for public health Act;ivities.
Legal Issues Concerning Identifiable Health Data Sharing Between State/ Local Public Health Authorities And Tribal Epidemiology Centers In Selected U.S. Jurisdictions
This resource provides a general overview of the legal authority of state, local and tribal public health agencies to collect, use, and share data for public health and research purposes.
Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results
This resource provides a process for Promise Neighborhood grantees to establish data systems and processes to collect and report data required by the Government Performance and Results Act; (GPRA).
This checklist provides a list of questions that public health authorities should consider prior to initiating new Act;ivities involving data collection, access, and sharing.
This document provides a side-by-side comparison of the FERPA and HIPAA privacy protections to facilitate sharing between schools and health agencies.
This slide deck provides information on legal and policy considerations and misconceptions related to early childhood integrated data systems, including lessons learned from early childhood data systems implemented in Connecticut and North Carolina.
Consumer consent options for electronic Health Information Exchange;: policy considerations and analysis
This document reviews and evaluates the potential effects of different consent models for Health Information Exchange; providing policymakers with considerations and tradeoffs for each model.
This resource explains requirements for a few of the HIPAA disclosure provisions, including whether disclosures must be logged by covered entities for accounting purposes.
This website contains information about federal statistical research data centers, including information about available government data and the processes for accessing that data for research.
This guide provides a detailed review of the federal HIPAA protections and special considerations associate with electronic health information.
This website provides information on state and federal laws pertaining to health information. It provides overviews of state and federal laws, analysis of important legal issues, and various legal resources.
This guidance document examines whether the HIPAA protections permit providers to submit immunization data to a Minnesota immunization registry without patient authorization.
This toolkit to assist governments promote coordination and collaboration between various governmental agencies and programs relating to children and families.
This resource discusses issues associated with the integration of administrative and disease surveillance data for public health applications, including real and perceived barriers to integration.
This toolkit outlines concepts and issues relating public health agencies' authority to collect, use, and share information for emergency preparedness and response.
This toolkit provides information, fAct; sheets, and resources relating to public health agencies' legal authority to conduct public health Act;ivities in schools, including accessing student health information.
This resource provides a summary of nearly 50 different federal laws relating to data protection in different sectors.
The Importance of Data Sharing to Support Integration of Substance Use Treatment in California's Medi-Cal Program
This issue brief analyzes two California case examples of data sharing to integrate physical health and substance abuse data, and describes how California used Medicaid waivers to integrate health care services.
The Integration of Early Childhood Data State Profiles and A Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education
This resource provides information relating to the creation of early childhood integrated data systems using existing administrative data to state governments.
This toolkit provides guidance, resources, and tools to help users establish an EHR-based public health surveillance system.
This toolkit contains template policies and procedures, template agreements, flow charts, and checklists designed to assist businesses and organizations in Minnesota comply with both state and federal laws.
This guidance document provides recommendations to journalists and public health information officers pertaining to the release of health information in the context of public health incidents.
This document provides guidance for creating inter-jurisdictional data sharing agreements to facilitate sharing between public health agencies in different jurisdictions.
This document describes legal and ethical for public health use of HIV data. It focuses on state laws and whether health departments can use or share HIV data for various purposes.
This issue brief provides a brief overview of federal laws that encourage the use and release of health information for public health purposes.
Public Health Access to Student Health Data: Authorities and Limitations in Sharing Information Between Schools and Public Health Agencies
This issue brief discusses the FERPA and HIPAA data protections and exceptions relevant to data sharing between schools and public health agencies.
The resource walks through a series of legal analyses involving the application of the HIPAA rules to different case examples of health departments using health information for public health purposes.
This toolkit, from the Network for Public Health Law, is intended for a broad audience of health officials, privacy officers, public health practitioners, data managers and their attorneys.