Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
The DatashareMontereyCounty website was created by combining Conduent technology and knowledgeable staff from the Monterey County Public Health Department. This project attempted to solve the disengagement between many people in Monterey County and health interventions/prevention initiatives set in place by the health department. Two contributing factors related to community disengagement were that residents were not always aware of works the health department was attempting to promote and the complexity of health data (statistics). The main focus of the project demonstrates how understanding health information may or may not impact decision making. When concepts are difficult to understand this can deter people from wanting to learn more. Consequences for choosing not to engage in one's personal or community health were determined to be long term health problems. Marginalized groups were not historically included in community conversations. The project solution was DataShare Monterey County - an online source providing access to local, state, and national data. The website was organized into sectioned topics: healthcare, economy, education, environment, government and politics, public safety, social environment, and transportation. DataShare Monterey County compiled information related to community health and relevant data, resources, reports, progress, priority areas, promising practices, and funding opportunities. The website was successfully launched on August 28th, 2020.
The site continues to be updated with new reports and data when applicable. Survey data from Collaborative Health and Human Services Students indicate they were all able to use this site on their own following a how-to video when searching for possible data needed. A recommendation for additional project improvements would be to track site activity and respond with appropriate media to keep site visits frequent.
Ketchem, Audra, "DataShare Monterey County Website" (2020). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 903.