Results Success of the Program

Subjective user response to the system was good. In terms of the perceived value of the system to the user, 56.0% of the users responding believed the system to be "very valuable." The SHARE system itself was widely praised in comments as user-friendly, and 66.7% of users reported that they need table 24.1 Submission of Reports During the Pilot Study

Attendance Office Elementary School Middle/High School Countywide

Total reports 1324 831 2155

Mean length of time to submit report 1.3 days 5.1 days 2.7 days

% Reports submitted within two days 86.3% 62.9% 77.3%

Health Office Elementary School Middle/High School Countywide

Total reports 1236 918 2154

Mean length of time to submit report 1.4 days 2.2 days 1.7 days

% Reports submitted within two days 85.0% 74.4% 80.5%

only 10 minutes or less to enter their daily data. Users also found it easier to prepare reports with SHARE.

County officials felt that Project SHARE had met its objectives in enhanced monitoring of school health data. The collaborative approach between public health, Office of Education, and school districts proved valuable in connecting various front line medical professionals involved in student health. The Community Epidemiology Branch also found Project Share was useful during the severe influenza season of 2003-2004, allowing the agency to assess the severity of an outbreak in the school systems. An unexpected benefit to schools was additional financial support for the districts participating in the project. California law allows school districts to reclaim funds lost due to absenteeism when it is due to an outbreak or natural disaster. Several districts used project SHARE data, together with other public information, to document claims of lost attendance due to the annual influenza outbreak and recover lost funds.

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