As one of the original participating states in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) State Planning Grant (SPG) Program for grant period 2000–2001, the Arkansas team found a need to access existing data in a time frame that was conducive to policy decision-making discussions. To address this challenge, Arkansas utilized existing technologies and developed methods to incorporate existing data into a manageable format. The result of these efforts was the development of an Integrated Database as a data extraction tool.
With HRSA's support and funding, the Arkansas team developed a Multi-State Integrated Database (MSID) that provided this type of access to data for states funded through four rounds of the State Planning Grant Program. The MSID incorporated three national datasets into the MSID:
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