Access to Care: 

Bridging Disparities in Access to Care and Government Services



Data.gov and other publicly available sources can help us to identify, illustrate, and address disparate access to health care, behavioral health, and home and community-based services. Data-driven innovation, especially when coupled with human-centered design and customer experience (CX) methodologies, can help Americans to access providers and medical services. Opportunity exists to harness the power of data and digital innovation for approximately 9.6 million children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and millions of Americans covered by Medicaid. Together, let’s harness the power of CX and digital innovation to bridge disparities in access to care and government services.
Use government data to build digital tools with, by, and for the people.
2022 Health Equity DataJam Challenge, join us! Learn more and submit a solution at AcademyHealth.org.
How can we harness the power of data and digital innovation to lower barriers, facilitate access to care, and improve government services?  
Potential ideas for exploration
This challenge is intentionally broad. For example, potential products might focus on:
  • Enrollment in Coverage: Create tools and resources to help Americans understand their eligibility and facilitate enrollment.
  • Access to Services: Guide the insured to find services, reserve appointments, travel to facilities, or communicate with providers.
  • Maintaining Coverage: Clarify how to maintain coverage without interruption, or transition to other insurance programs.
  • Patient Outcomes: Improve the experience and outcomes of those using government services.
Curated datasets and resources
Government links and information to help get started:
Health Equity DataJam Homepage
DataJam Registration & FAQ Page
Social Determinants & Health Equity Resource Guide
COVID-19 & Equity
Kidney Care & Health Equity
Lyme Innovation & Health Equity