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...and by value, we mean necessity. If your programs are collecting data about the children and youth enrolled, you have hopes of sharing that data outside of your organization and you know parent consent is needed, here are some things to think about.

We work with a lot of organizations who collect data and ask us to help them understand how to share that data with another organization (a partner, a funder, a school district, etc.). We usually explain to them that the how of sharing the data is almost always doable. There is often time and cost involved but connecting two data sources is not an impossible task. There also need to be legal agreements in place to share data between the organizations (more on that topic here). However, often the hardest part which not everyone considers, is securing parent permission to share that data.

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We thought it might help to provide an overview on data available in COMET because who doesn't love to talk about data?! [wink, wink] But seriously, COMET is fundamentally "child centric", meaning that the system is designed to record data that serve or relate to the child. (e.g.: Mother of Birth, Father of Birth, Household Environment, Primary Care Provider). However, the breadth of data we can store related to a child is wide and comes in many forms.

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See what I did there? ^

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be part of the Glasses for Kids Program offered by the Flaum Eye Institute and work with them on a trial phase use of the COMET database. I went into the morning not knowing what to expect; my only understanding of the program was the notes that I had taken at our monthly meetings and the setup that we'd done internally for their database. I must say, I was completely blown away! The program was a well-oiled machine, from the in-take services to the vision screening, ultimately resulting in children being fitted for their own pair of glasses. 

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This blog post is a long time coming; we did this exercise as a team around Thanksgiving (yeah, I know, that was a while ago). But, I’m excited to finally have some time to put this together and share it. We asked everyone to finish the sentences ‘We are…’ and ‘We are not…’ from the perspective of Team COMET (COMET’s brand). Here are some of the highlights:

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Check out our latest COMET Blog Series - Who We Are. Learn more about the people behind the company, working to support our customers and improve outcomes for kids.

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Name  Geri Cone. Geri is short for Geralyn. My parents waited 13 years for me even though I’m usually quite punctual! St. Gerard is the Patron Saint of Motherhood – that is who I am named for.

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