Workshop: Diversifying Data Sources to Advance Health Equity


Workshop: Diversifying Data Sources to Advance Health Equity 

The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute and the MATCH Group of the UW Population Health Institute are excited to host a free workshop for staff from local health departments and tribal health clinics who are interested in using qualitative data to understand the impact of the opioid crisis in their community.

Workshop Description

Ethical and equitable data collection can support efforts to operationalize and advance health equity. How we collect data defines what approaches we take in health promotion and prevention. Community conversations are one way to engage with community stakeholders and incorporate data about community conditions. Using appreciative inquiry, community conversations reveal and harness collective wisdom to identify assets and mobilize residents to shape solutions.

This interactive training will focus on best practices, tools, and strategies for engaging community in data collection and community health improvement processes. The Health Equity Alliance of Rock County will share a case example of their work. By the end of this training, participants will have practiced engagement approaches and will have a strategy for using community conversations for data collection and analysis.

Training Objectives

  • Explore the foundations of health equity and equitable data collection for community health needs assessments
  • Understand the appreciative inquiry approach to community engagement
  • Identify best practices for hosting community conversations to support community engaged data collection
  • Practice using appreciative inquiry and best practices for community conversations

Intended Audience

This training is designed for staff of local health departments and tribal health clinics who want to learn about collecting and using qualitative data to enhance their understanding of how the opioid epidemic is affecting all members of the community. There is no attendance fee for those who wish to participate.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
    • Registration and networking start at 8:30 am; workshop starts at 9:00 am. 
    • Breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Location: Tree Haven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Rd, Tomahawk, WI
  • Agenda-at-a-glance. Detailed agenda will be distributed to participants prior to the event.


Please follow this link to register. Register by April 8, 2019 to secure your spot! 

Lodging Information:

  • A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Rodeway Inn and Suites in Tomahawk under the name ‘HWLI.’ Please be sure to mention ‘HWLI’ when booking your room.
  • Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own rooms. Book by April 15 to guarantee a room.
  • Hotel costs fall under the state rate and will be between $84 and $93, including tax.  Additionally, there are suites available for $101.


If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Betsy Swenson at

A special thank you to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for supporting this workshop.