Our acting

We work side by side with states and municipalities to improve the flow, collection and analysis of data from health services in order to support public management decision making and positively impact the lives of the population.

Response to Covid-19

CoronaCidades

In partnership with IEPS and Instituto Arapyaú, we created an online platform to support Brazilian cities and states in responding to the coronavirus with tools and specialized care. Throughout 2020, CoronaCidades started to host Farol Covid, which offers an intelligent analysis of open data to show the situation of the coronavirus in each Brazilian city, and also the Escola Segura, with guides and protocols to enable a planned reopening of the public network education.

Covid-19 data panel in Ceará

The Ceará State Alert Levels panel offers the main Covid-19 indicators collected and updated continuously. The tool aims to inform the population about the situation of Covid-19 in their region and provide support to public managers, recommending actions for each indicator that shows a growth trend. The panel, launched in December 2020, is the result of the partnership between Vetor Brasil and Impulso, in collaboration with the Planning, Health and Economic Development teams of the State of Ceará, through the Vectors Impulsando Governos program.

Automation of the Covid Data Bulletin in Amapá

We automated the epidemiological bulletin of the Amapá government, with data on the Covid-19 scenario in the state. With the novelty, the preparation of the epidemiological bulletin, which used to be done on a white board, became more agile, ensuring more information reliability and allowing servers to redirect more than 100 hours a week to other intelligence activities and response planning coronavirus. The initiative was part of the Vectors Impulsando Governos project, which had the partnership of the Samaritano Association and the Arapyaú Institute, in which trainees pre-selected by Vetor Brasil had the support of the Impulso team to act in person, alongside public servants, in developing analytical capacity in governments.

Electronic form to view municipal health data

With the objective of providing more agility and maturity to the flow of data from health services, the Impulso team worked side by side with servers from Brazilian municipalities in the creation of an Electronic Flu Syndrome Notification Form.

The solution, digital and free, replaces paper notifications, which favors data visualization and monitoring of Covid-19 in the municipalities. The form was initially implemented in the municipality of Bezerros, in Pernambuco, and gained new versions and adaptations to serve five other municipalities in the country. The initiative was carried out within the scope of the Crisis Management Support Program of Instituto Votorantim and BNDES.

Bed regulation panel in Alagoas

The pandemic highlighted the need for regulation, that is, a queue for access to beds, agile and centralized to guarantee access and quality treatment to the population. However, many governments still have little visibility into the provision of services and the speed of the regulatory process. We designed indicators for the regulation of Covid-19 beds in the Alagoas Department of Health regarding access, regulation time and case resolution time, to allow managers to monitor, analyze and propose actions to improve the regulatory process.

Elevation of the quality of primary care

Impulse Prevents

Started in 2020, the new federal funding model for primary care (Previne Brasil) stipulated a series of goals to be met by municipalities, with a direct impact on their budget. . Now, the more children that are vaccinated against polio in a given city, the more federal government funding that city will receive. The main change was to link funding to indicators of the services provided, creating a challenge for managers who, in general, do not work under a data monitoring logic. 

With that in mind, Impulso developed Impulso Previne, a free digital solution to help municipalities manage Previne Brasil. The platform allows the visualization, on the same panel, of all indicators determined by the program and offers specific recommendations, including personalized consultations, so that municipalities know where and when to focus their efforts to improve their performance and meet the goals established by the Ministry of Health , avoiding loss of resources for primary care. 

The implementation of Impulso Previne is financed by the Behring Foundation, Instituto Opy de Saúde and Instituto Dynamo. The solution also has institutional support from the National Council of Municipal Health Secretariats (Conasems) and the National Front of Mayors (FNP). Partners Umane, Artemísia and Instituto Votorantim supported the pilot of the project and the identification of the problem.

Support to Public Health Management with Votorantim Institute

Since the beginning of 2021, the Votorantim Institute's Health Public Management Support Program (AGP) has supported small and medium-sized municipalities in continuing to fight Covid-19 and in improving comprehensive health care services. Impulso works in the structuring and operation of the project in 16 municipalities that are partners of the Votorantim Institute, creating solutions to improve the execution of processes and decision-making in municipal health management.

Health in the City Agenda

An initiative of Impulso, IEPs and the Arapyaú Institute, the Health in the City Agenda brings 10 proposals to respond to the challenges of Primary Care in Brazilian municipalities and guide public management.

Improvement in Mental Health Services

RAPS Mental Health Indicators of Aracaju

With support from Instituto Cactus, Impulso develops a set of indicators and implements a data monitoring panel for the Psychosocial Care Network (RAPS) of the Municipal Health Department of Aracaju. At the end of 2020, when assessing the increase in mental disorders in the Brazilian population, combined with the low number of civil society organizations working on the topic, Impulso decided to make it a priority in its work. 

Developed throughout 2021, the project aims to generate understanding and improve the use of indicators in the area of mental health in the municipalities, with an initial focus on the Sergipe capital, in order to expand the capacity of governments to carry out diagnoses of the territory and the population that attends and monitor the quality of services provided in the SUS Psychosocial Care Network.