Since the launch of the Health Data Initiative, a major component of the Open Government Initiative, the Health and Human Services Department has made hundreds of data sets available on healthdata.gov that were previously difficult to access or not publicly accessible at all. The Health Data Initiative’s goal is to help consumers and communities get more value out of the Nation’s wealth of health data. In recognizing the importance and usefulness of data to the health and behavioral field, SAMHSA is pleased to announce its first Behavioral Health Data Users Conference August 8 – 10, 2012 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The conference will include a series of plenary, discussion, and hands-on training sessions on how to use SAMHSA’s survey data collections, including—
- Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
- National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)
- Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)
The Conference will provide people a more in-depth understanding and an opportunity to share feedback on SAMHSA’s data.
The Data Users Conference will immediately follow the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) 2012 National Conference on Health Statistics, fostering synergy and networking opportunities for both groups of data users. On August 8, the two conferences will join for collaborative sessions.
Those interested in learning more about SAMHSA’s mental health and substance use data should attend. Potential participants include State and local mental health and substance abuse officials, Federal Government staff, mental health/substance abuse service providers, mental health/substance abuse researchers, and representatives of advocacy and consumer organizations.
Registration is free. Space is limited, so please register today! If you have additional questions for SAMHSA, please contact Tarah Griep at email@example.com.
SAMHSA is also excited to remind people to sign up to be considered to present at or register to attend the 2012 Health Data Initiative Forum – otherwise known as the “Health Datapalooza” — which will be held on June 5 – 6, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This event, now being organized by a public-private partnership called the Health Data Consortium, will highlight the massive creativity that innovators across the country are displaying as they harness the power of open HHS and other data in all kinds of ways to help create benefit and value for consumers, health care professionals, community leaders, and more. The Datapalooza team is now taking applications from innovators who wish to be considered to present at the Datapalooza – go to http://www.hdiforum.org/to apply. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.