Using Health Data to Power Results

Recorded On: 09/26/2017


The US is facing an epic health crisis with rising healthcare costs and decreased quality of life. Upstream solutions are needed and parks and recreation providers are uniquely positioned to play a key role. Increasingly, we are being asked to justify our budgets while increasing our responsibilities, which now include being a community health provider. Understanding how our profession interfaces with healthcare begins with understanding key demographic and health data. In the mighty age of data, using health data can be a powerful tool to fuel your funding requests, report program results, and demonstrate how your facilities and programs play a vital role in the health of the community. We can learn how to utilize data to build relationships with healthcare providers using collective impact to grow funding opportunities and improve community health. In this session, you will be introduced to how and where to mine data sources to leverage support of your programs.

Session Outcomes: 

  • Participants will be able to identify new funding and justification strategies for recreation programs.
  • Participants will be able to access and identify multiple local demographic and health data sets.
  • Participants will be able to utilize data sets to help design better programs, select evidence-based programs, seek new funding sources, and better report program results.

George Kosovich, MUP

Assistant Superintendent, Verdant Health Commission

George Kosovich is the Assistant Superintendent for the Verdant Health Commission/ Public Hospital District No 2, Snohomish County. At Verdant, George’s role is to lead the organization’s program and community investment activities, including grants for health and wellness programs in South Snohomish County. Previously, George worked at the United Way of Snohomish County as a Director of Community Investment. He has also worked in South Los Angeles developing non-profit community and economic development programs. George has a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA and earned his undergraduate degree in finance. George is frequently asked to present at local conferences including the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference.

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