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Fact Sheet Health Information and Data Sharing

­Improving Local Public Health Access to Public Health Data: Illinois Out in Front

January 25, 2024


Access to timely data is essential for local health departments to provide critical public health interventions. Unfortunately, public health data is typically routed to state agencies where legal barriers, both actual and perceived, to sharing that data back to local health departments are encountered. The Illinois legislature recently passed sweeping legislation regarding access to public health data by local health departments. This fact sheet examines this new legislation and how it may transform local public health access to key data.