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Kyu Kang

Research Associate - AcademyHealth

Kyu is a Research Associate at AcademyHealth, where she works on projects and programs focused on multi-sector collaboration and data sharing. Currently, she supports ongoing research and learning about improving data quality, infrastructure, and information exchange through work with the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She also works with multiple National Program Offices in the All In: Data for Community Health learning network to identify common technical assistance needs across communities and facilitate connections and peer-learning opportunities.

Previously, Kyu acted as the community liaison for the Community Health Peer Learning (CHP) Program, providing support for all program activities and stakeholders. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Kyu worked at Virginia Commonwealth University as a research assistant in the Department of Social & Behavioral Health, and as a care partner at the Evan-Haynes Burn Center. She holds a B.A. in sociology and public health from the College of William & Mary.

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Rapid Evidence Review: What are effective approaches for recruiting and retaining rural primary care health professionals?

This rapid evidence review found that while few approaches have a positive effect on both recruitment and retention, some individual strategies are effective in drawing providers to rural areas and combining individual interventions may be the most effective way to expand and maintain the rural primary care workforce.

Community Health Peer Learning Program

From June 2015 to July 2017, the Community Health Peer Learning (CHP) Program built community capacity to advance progress toward population health improvements through the expanded capture, sharing, and use of electronic health data from diverse sectors.

In partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, AcademyHealth’s Community Health Peer Learning (CHP) Program engaged 15 communities in a peer learning collaborative to identify data solutions, accelerate local progress, and disseminate best practices and lessons learned.

Collaborating with NORC at the University of Chicago, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, and with guidance from Key Advisors, the CHP Program helped participating communities to inform national strategy and align with other delivery system reform efforts driving toward better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

The communities are profiled here, and a full list of CHP products is below; notable resources include:

For the Field

Toward Data-Driven, Cross-Sector, and Community-Led Transformation: An Environmental Scan of Select Programs
A scan of 17 national and regional programs supporting local and cross-sector collaborations focused on population health improvement at the community level.

"Notes from the Field" Blog Series
This collection of blog posts catalogue milestones in AcademyHealth’s Community Health Peer Learning Program as well as lessons learned along the way from a broad swath of community-led data sharing initiatives to improve population health.

For Communities

Community Profiles
The 15 CHP communities worked to link critical information from within and outside of health care to address challenges ranging from pediatric asthma to at-risk individuals facing housing insecurity.

Community Learning Guide Series
This learning guide series highlights practical experiences, key lessons, and insights from five communities about addressing population health management challenges through improved capture, sharing, and use of electronic health data.

Community Bright Spots Series
This series of profiles highlights useful insights from three communities all working to advance progress toward population health improvements through the expanded capture, sharing, and use of electronic health data from diverse sectors.

Ongoing Work

AcademyHealth continues to support this work through another learning collaborative called All In: Data for Community Health. Learn more about All In’s efforts to support and accelerate data-driven, community-led, and cross-sector collaboration – and get involved here.


The National Interoperability Collaborative

The National Interoperability Collaborative is a new initiative designed to increase collaboration among the sectors that impact health and well-being by improving information-sharing, interoperability, and use of technology.

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth re using $1.2 million in seed funding from the Kresge Foundation to create a “community of networks” that brings broad benefits, particularly for at-risk and underserved members of society.

Building on existing networks, NIC:

  • Convenes key stakeholders, in person and virtually, to share information and provide feedback.
  • Identifies best practices through an environmental scan of interoperability guidance and toolkits.
  • Develops core measures and builds evidence to describe successful interoperability initiatives.
  • Provides case studies and technical assistance on health crises such as the opioid epidemic.
  • Offers SOCI’s InterOptimability Training Curriculum and Certification (ITCC) program.
  • Disseminates information and recommendations, including through an online community portal.

NIC’s inaugural partners are the California Health and Human Services Agency; the Connecticut Department of Social Services; the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources; and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). SOCI and AcademyHealth are engaging those working on interoperability issues from across sectors including health, human services, education, criminal justice, and child welfare, among others that impact health.

For more information on how to get involved, email the team at [email protected].