Connecticut Performance Dashboard
Today, we are highlighting the value of using the Healthy CT 2020 Performance Dashboard—which displays how Connecticut residents are faring in health improvement target areas in a simple and visual format—with our partners. Below, we have asked Marianne Buchelli to share how the HIV Prevention Program has incorporated the Dashboard into their daily work.
Q: How has your program used the Dashboard?
A: We use it to monitor ourselves regularly and also as tool to share with our funders on our progress in meeting our goals and objectives. One of the ways it has been helpful has been in presenting our data to the layperson in the community, which is part of our effort to be transparent and engage our patients/clients in understanding performance measures in general. We have used the Dashboards at a variety of task force meetings, such as Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) community core meeting, Connecticut HIV/AIDS Identification and Referral (CHAIR) Task Force, and the statewide Connecticut HIV Planning Consortia (CHPC). The Dashboard has helped demonstrate how “numbers are people” to further engage the community in performance improvement. The picture to the right is of our very own Ramon presenting to community stakeholders at Yale University.
Q: What are the benefits of using the Dashboard?
A: The Dashboard offers a way for our program to show stakeholders in the community how well our programs meet our annual goals and objectives. It provides an easy way to show the data in a manner that is user-friendly to community members and also engages them in discussing the data rather than just talking at them with data sets.
In 2015, the HIV Prevention Program presented our Dashboard at the Connecticut HIV Planning Consortia (CHPC) meeting. It was a great way to highlight our successes and have a dialogue with community members about areas for improvement, specifically around health inequities. Further information about how the community responded to the Dashboard can be found in the attached CHPC meeting minutes and CT Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan 2017-2021 on page 12.
Q: What improvements have you seen since you started using the Dashboard and what do you attribute them to?
A: The main improvement is in communicating performance improvement with our stakeholders. Another of the major outcomes was identifying Plan, Do Study, Act (PDSA) projects for our funded contractors to implement based on the health disparities data among gay men and women of color living HIV/AIDS. This has sparked a statewide initiative for Connecticut to develop a plan to end HIV/AIDS in CT. The HIV Prevention Program is supporting this initiative to “get to zero” by laying the ground work for a community level plan that will work towards achieving zero infections, zero deaths, and zero stigma.
Use of the Dashboard with partners helps with a common understanding of health issues, DPH’s role and partners roles, identification of policies, and system changes needed to improve health and health equity
If you have any questions about the Dashboard, want to learn more about it, or have a story to share about how you have used the dashboard, please contact Etienne Holder (ex: 7781) at Etienne.email@example.com or Joan Ascheim (ex: 7626) at Joan.firstname.lastname@example.org.