Sharing data across education and Medicaid agencies can greatly enhance state and local decision-making related to student health. Linking student attendance data with health data, for example, can provide a valuable tool for identifying and developing solutions to chronic absenteeism. However, understanding and effectively navigating each sector’s respective privacy laws–HIPAA and FERPA–can sometimes act as a barrier to effective collaboration. Many states and localities have developed strategies for successfully overcoming these challenges to allow data sharing across agencies.
Provides an overview of an innovative intergovernmental agreement between Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools that allows them to share their
data on an ongoing basis with a common vision of improving students’ well-being.