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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-20 - Making Data Count: California's Experience Implementing a Data Improvement Plan

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Client-level data (CLD) are critical for many Ryan White Program activities, from Federal reporting and quality management to contract monitoring, budgeting, and evaluation. To effectively perform these tasks, grantees and their providers must ensure that their CLD are complete, accurate, and reliable. In July 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS implemented the ARIES Data Improvement Plan (DIP). The AIDS Regional Information and Evaluation System (ARIES) is a Web-based case management system used by 192 health departments, clinics, and non-profit agencies in California. The DIP can benefit providers from Parts A through D. CDPH will describe how the DIP was created at a Statewide level, identify the intervention types, and illustrate tangible benefits. San Bernardino County Public Health Department will provide a local perspective on how they incorporated the DIP into their Part A program. Both presentations will identify the successes and challenges experienced in making data count.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics that make a given data element a good candidate for data improvement efforts by reviewing reporting requirements, analyzing current data frequencies, and examining the parameters of their data collection systems.
  • Learn how to engage providers in data quality and how to frame data quality improvement activities in a manner that supports busy providers by selecting agencies appropriately, explaining the importance of their data entry efforts, providing tools to assist them, and creating data feed-back loops.
  • Discover additional activities or strategies that could be implemented or incorporated into your own data improvement efforts whether your agency uses ARIES or some other system.


Carla Goad

Health Planner/Evaluator, Contra Costa County Health Services Department
Carla Goad is currently a Health Planner/Evaluator with the Contra Costa County Health Services Department's AIDS-STD Program. She has served as a monitor for the Ryan White Part C Program since 2009 and as the HIV Testing, Prevention, and Partner Services Coordinator and monitor... Read More →


Bonnie Flippin

Quality Management Coordinator
Bonnie Flippin is a Staff Analyst II with the San Bernardino County Public Health Department's Ryan White Program. She currently functions as the Quality Management Coordinator for the Ryan White Part A Program. She has been with the Ryan White Program for about 10 years and, before... Read More →

Karl Halfman

Health Program Specialist, California Department of Public Health
Karl Halfman is currently a Health Program Specialist with the California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS. Since 2007, he has served as project lead for the AIDS Regional Information & Evaluation System (ARIES). In this capacity, he seeks to bridge the gap between data... Read More →

Scott Rigsby

Public Health Program Coordinator, San Bernardino County Public Health Department
Scott Rigsby is currently a Public Health Program Coordinator with San Bernardino County Public Health Department's Ryan White Program. He supervises Ryan White Program staff and has served in various administrative and supervisorial capacities within the San Bernardino County Public... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
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