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Seminar: Linking health and social data for research: the CIDACS experience in Brazil

Egenis/IDSAI joint seminar

The Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (CIDACS, Fiocruz) was established in December 2016 in Salvador (Bahia-Brazil). Its main purpose is to conduct interdisciplinary research on populational health, generating scientific knowledge and providing evidence to support public policymaking. The core data come from integrating Brazilian national health and social datasets into two main resources - the 100 Million Brazilian Cohort and the CIDACS birth cohort. CIDACS has been developing and consolidating its data management and governance practices and experimenting with novel methodological approaches for data linkage (Cidacs-RL) and data analysis (quasi-experimental designs).

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Among other initiatives, it has been possible to study the social determinants and the impact of social protection programs (such as the Bolsa Familia, a cash transfer program) on different health outcomes. CIDACS is currently seeking to acquire climate and environmental data to set up a Climate and Environmental Platform designed to study climate and social impacts on health. The centre is also working to engage stakeholders, communities, and the public to establish priorities for research objectives and disseminate research findings to various audiences.


Maurício L. Barreto MD, MPH, PhD. is a University Emeritus Professor at the Federal University of Bahia and a Senior Investigator at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil. His research in Epidemiology and Public Health covers different topics always focused on questions targeting the social and environmental determinants of health, health inequalities, the impact of social interventions on health and the integration of biological and social knowledge for causal explanations in health. He has published over 600 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 24 doctoral students. He is a co-founder and has directed the Center of  Data and Knowledge Integration for Health Center (Cidacs, Fiocruz) in Salvador-Brazil, since 2016. His current major project is focused on the impact of social protection policies on health using the 100 million Brazilian Cohort and quasi-experimental (natural experiment) approaches. He is a senior honorary researcher of the Brazilian National Research Council, a Fellow of the  Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Bethania de A. Almeida MA, Ph.D is a sociologist who worked with NGOs in the areas of habitation, education and health. Her interest in the area of health motivated her to work at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), an institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health whose institutional actions are designed to generate and disseminate scientific and technological knowledge in order to strengthen the Brazilian Universal Health System (SUS). In 2017 she started to work at The Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (Cidacs) linked to Fiocruz. Current, her work at Cidacs is focused on data governance and developing relationships with stakeholders (public involvement and engagement). She is also a member of the Fiocruz Open Science Forum.

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