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The Mental Health Indicators Project team goes to Aracaju-SE and the initiative is the subject of a TV Globo report

After more than a year and a half of the pandemic, the Impulso team made its first field trip. In October, the project manager Daniela Krausz, the project analyst Fernanda Martins Castro and the data scientist Bernardo Baron they went to Aracaju to get a closer look at the routine of the city's mental health area.

With the support of the Cactus Institute, Impulso is developing and implementing a set of indicators for the Psychosocial Care Network of the Department of Health of Aracaju and a monitoring panel of these data that can collaborate with the decision-making of the network coordinators.

The field trip allowed them to dive into the routine of these professionals and helped to identify strategic moments and challenges for the use of data and indicators in the network's daily work, as well as strengthened the managers' bond and engagement with the project.

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Impulse team and coordinators of the Psychosocial Care Network of Aracaju

During the visit, our team participated in strategic management meetings, visited most of the network's services and accompanied the management nucleus in daily tasks, generating new alignments for the project, in addition to better understanding the city's data flow.

“The coordinators are eager to solve the network management problems in a systemic way, but the intense and unpredictable routine makes the actions to 'put out fires' or solve individual problems prevail”, says Daniela Krausz, project manager. “They are seeking to use some of the periodic meetings for strategic discussions and say that our work and the use of indicators have supported this process, because they provide an overview of the network's progress”, he adds.

The visit of the Impulso team consolidated the project and left the network's managers even more engaged. After the trip, network professionals who were still struggling to understand the impacts of data use in their daily work expressed interest in the project.

At the end of the field trip, the managers decided to establish a space of at least 30 minutes in the weekly meeting with the coordination of all services to address the quality of care in the network, based on indicators established with Impulso. The practice was already implemented in the weeks following the trip, with two dynamics based on these metrics. The activities allowed the coordinators to identify the challenges and outline the actions to be followed.

Right after our visit, the project was featured on the local news. The report featured the participation of Daniela Krausz, senior project manager at Impulso, Luciana Barrancos, executive manager of Instituto Cactus and Mairla Protazio, coordinator of the Psychological Service at the SMS of Aracaju.