The InfoTech Collaborative began on April 1, 2000. It was a national effort funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was an outgrowth of the National Turning Point Initiative. The InfoTech Collaborative was comprised of six participating states including Oklahoma, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maine, and Missouri. Oklahoma served as the lead state. Neil Hann coordinated collaborative activities. He may be reached via e-mail:


The InfoTech Collaborative of Turning Point will assess, evaluate, and recommend to national policy-makers innovative ways to improve the nation's public health infrastructure by utilizing information technology to effectively collect, analyze, and disseminate information; by improving data access and community participation for making public health decisions; and by enhancing the performance of the public health system through the use of information technology.


Identify community information technology to support public health improvement.

  • Include end-users and functions to be supported
  • Collection, analysis and dissemination
  • Identify tools and standards to support
Develop guidelines and draft technical and data architecture for public health.
  • Other needs from Turning Point Collaboratives
  • Strategic questions
  • Gap analysis
Develop inventory of current information technology practices to support core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance.
  • Integrated view/broad determinants
  • Web resources (gateway)
Identify funding strategies to support public health information technology.
  • Flexibility across programs
  • Program integration