New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center

The Integration of Public Health and Medical Information
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 1213-12
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) aims to provide a forum where law enforcement, public health, and private partners can work together to safeguard the homeland, prevent criminal activity, and respond to hazardous events. In pursuit of this goal, by aggregating health and safety information from the aforementioned sources, the NHIAC established a massive database where valuable information pertaining to New Hampshire’s security and welfare can be found. However, though the NHIAC possesses this substantial information, the center currently lacks a system of disseminating the relevant information to each respective state agency.

The purpose of this paper is to examine opportunities for dissemination of public health information using a case example of school nurses, one major group of public health providers in the state. The Policy Research Shop (PRS) surveyed a group of school nurses about their views on public health issues and their access to relevant information. Based on their responses, the PRS created a list of public health information that the NHIAC could provide to schools and explored the most effective way to disseminate this public health information.