The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is an organization focused on developing effective leadership for the best use of information technology to manage human services.
NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer to peer education and lifelong learning to its conference participants, website members and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze and present information regarding the provision of human services.
Spring 2013 Conference Was a Great Success!
Our NHSDC 2013 Spring Conference in Seattle, Washington has wrapped up and it was an excellent turn out. Our theme this year is “Utilizing the power of data to advance Human Services”. We had a wonderful and very full Spring 2013 Conference Agenda. We think this was our best conference yet based on the great variety and expertise of the sessions. Take a look at our Spring 2013 Conference Agenda.
We also had a very well received Pre-Conference Tour that sold out! We were fortunate to have the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation host us to discuss regional initiatives in Washington state to address family homelessness. There was also a tour of the Downtown Emergency Services Center to look at a national housing first model supporting chronic alcoholics.
“My Take on the 2012 Fall NHSDC Conference”
Guest post is from Dan Nichols – Director of Information Technology, Housing First, Inc.
National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) conferences are expected to be entertaining and to contain high-quality, informational sessions presented by experts on the subject matter. The 2012 NHSDC Fall Conference titled “Creating a Community System of Care” not only met, but surpassed expectations.
The conference was held in the Metro D.C. area on October 11 and 12. In addition to featuring experienced service providers, researchers, and technical advisers, the Washington D.C. location gives federal government representatives the opportunity to speak on issues that concern those in the industry human services industry. Fall 2012 sessions included speakers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), The Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Session content varied from the technical on Data Warehousing and Analysis to the more procedural discussing central intake. There are opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas and there is likely someone who has answers to most of your questions or has already found a solution to your problem.
I give particular acknowledgement to the planning committee for this Fall’s conference. The location of the conference hotel, scheduling, and coordinating the facilities were all done superbly and they deserve the highest accolades for their hard work.
NHSDC Planning Committee: (Left to Right)
Kimberly Murphy, Dawn Fransua, Joel Remigio, Fran Ledger. (Not Pictured) James Wheeler and Jamie Muller
There is value and benefit for all at this semi-annual conference and I recommend it to decision and policy makers in all areas of your human services organization.