HCIF Introduces rCHNA Data Analysts

June 17, 2024

To support HCIF’s coordination of the 2025 Regional Collaborative Health Needs Assessment (rCHNA), we are excited to introduce our qualitative and quantitative data analysts, who are leading the assessment’s data collection, aggregation, and analysis efforts. 

Our qualitative analyst, Dr. Abigail Akande, is leading the rCHNA’s qualitative data collection efforts, facilitating “community conversations” in specific geographies and “spotlight” discussions focused on health-related topics. She will also lead qualitative analysis of data collected during community meetings, and generate reports of key findings. 

Dr. Akande is an associate professor, qualitative researcher, rehabilitation counselor, and author. She currently teaches in the Rehabilitation & Human Services Bachelor of Science program at Penn State Abington. Her research explores barriers to rehabilitation, education, and employment for women with disabilities in under-resourced countries, as well as immigrants with disabilities and chronic health conditions in the United States. This includes research and service endeavors related to domestic and international disability policy, human rights, women’s rights, and disability rights. Dr. Akande also owns Akande Consulting, LLC, a rehabilitation services consulting company serving individuals, non-profit organizations, and universities in the Global South. 

Our quantitative analyst, Dr. David Martin, is conducting the identification of key indicators from primary and secondary data sources, leading data management and analysis, and supporting the synthesis of findings and writing of the final report.

David Martin is a seasoned data and statistical analyst with extensive experience in quantitative research, programming, and education. He currently serves as a Clinical Data Research Specialist at the University of Virginia Health System, consulting on statistical and data analysis techniques and delivering workshops. Additionally, he lectures on data science and statistics within the School of Medicine and provides statistical consultations for the School of Nursing.

Previously, David worked at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, managing large-scale datasets and contributing to measures quantifying No Child Left Behind implementation. He has also previously collaborated with pharmaceutical professionals to enhance statistical programming tools and methods in R. His expertise spans multiple programming languages and statistical software, including R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, Python, and SQL, as well as data visualization tools like Tableau and PowerBI.

He holds a PhD in Educational Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree in Integrated Science and Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. David’s research contributions are documented in numerous reputable journals, and he is a recognized member of the UVA Health Leadership Institute, impacting medical education, clinical research, and policy evaluation.

To learn more about the rCHNA, visit our webpage.

Every three years, non-profit hospitals are required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation plan to inform their community benefit and community building activities, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). To reduce redundancy and community burden, local health systems across the Southeastern Pennsylvania region collaborate on one comprehensive assessment, coordinated by HCIF. The rCHNA assesses population health and social needs indicators for geographic communities and engages community voices in one streamlined process to gain their perspective on community assets, needs, and proposed solutions. This assessment is an important opportunity for health systems to hear directly from community residents and community organizations.  


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