Affectionately known as HUG

After an exploratory look at new data about health at the neighborhood level , we announced at Data Day  2017 that we’d be convening a Health data Users Group (HUG) to help Milwaukee dataphyles share their knowledge, connect with other like-minded people and use data to improve health in neighborhoods.

 HUG’s First Meeting:

HUG’s introductory session included people from neighborhood groups, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Zilber School of Public Health, community health clinics, and hospital systems.   The founding group established operating guidelines for future meetings, selected a time and location for the first official meeting and decided upon a quarterly meeting schedule. Suggested topics for future HUG gatherings included: women, infants, and children (WIC) data, lead abatement data, and new health data sets.  The HUG founders were also interested in inviting speakers who work outside of traditional health fields like safety and urban planning, to reduce data silos.

Presentations to date include:

  • Tracy Flood and her colleagues from BroadStreet discussed data from Milwaukee hospital admissions  for asthma at the ZIP code level. (MKE Hospital Admissions maps)
  • Michael Stevenson and Salma Abadin from the Milwaukee Health Department demonstrated how the Department is using Tableau to create interactive data dashboards which are publicly available.
  • Kevin Engstrom of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers presented on electronic health records to inform programming and measuring long-term health impacts of a major infrastructure project.
  • Christy Vogt from Wisconsin Department of Health Services presented on the Wisconsin  Environmental Health Tracking data portal, which includes the data they host, how to access and use the portal, and resources for translating data into action.

If you are interested in hearing more about HUG or becoming a member of this user group, please join our mailing list here!

HUG meetings take place at UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health.  Our upcoming 2018 meetings are:

Wednesday, April 25th
Wednesday, July 25th
Wednesday, October 31st