From 1992 to 1997, North Carolina sought to develop a proactive, cooperative health information system to enhance the state's capacity to meet its health care policy needs.
In this second phase of the project, staff at North Carolina's Center for Health and Environmental Statistics focused on two specific issues: disparities in care and outcomes among mothers and children, and affordable long-term care.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Information for State Health Policy national program.
According project staff, the project resulted in the following accomplishments:
- The marketing efforts helped to change the culture of the Center for Health Statistics from solely a data producer to a center that markets their data and considers data users' needs in the process.
- The project helped raise awareness among data users of what data are available.
- The project helped the Center for Health Statistics build closer working relationships with other departments, as illustrated by their agreement with Medicaid to conduct analyses of Medicaid claims data and the funding of a position in the center by the maternal and child health division.