Equipping data-driven decision making

Kennell and Associates has extensive experience providing full life-cycle educational services aimed at improving data-driven decision-making. The company offers deep experience in planning classroom sessions, workshops and courses; in preparing educational materials of all types and for a variety of audiences; and in presenting in all types of venues, from web-based sessions to national and international conferences.

Course Development and Training

Developing customized course content to support organizational training objectives

Preparing, coordinating and presenting customized course content is a core competency of Kennell. Not only have we pioneered extremely popular courses sponsored by the Defense Health Agency (DHA), such as the WISDOM course, the Data Quality course, and the TRICARE Financial Management Executive Program (TFMEP) course, but we have also developed and presented many courses for Navy Medicine, including: Foundations in the Practice of Analytics, M2 Analytics Workshops and Customized MHS Data Repository (MDR) Training.

Providing on-site training with professional staff and subject-matter experts

Kennell has a wide-range of experienced professional staff and subject-matter experts in health policy, finance, and information management. Many of our staff have multiple years of instructional experience and are able to provide high-quality on-site training and presentations on a variety of topics. Our courses and lectures are well-received and well attended.


Providing management and coordination of distance learning (webinars)

Kennell has also presented many webinars for our DoD clients. These have included multi-session series on updates to corporate data warehouses; models of health care financing; and various topics related to populations and health care systems performance, as well as quality, safety, and access. We have also assisted our clients in developing a broader framework for distance learning, in planning webinar sessions that are geared toward developing analysts in a structured way, and in reaching out to leaders so that they can understand the types of information that can be used to support decision-making.

Conference Presentations

Presenting at symposia and similar venues

Kennell’s team of skilled professional staff and subject-matter experts has significant experience presenting at local and national training events, both within and outside of client venues. For example, Kennell assisted Navy Medicine in developing the entire analytics track at the “Navy Medicine Resources, Logistics and Analytics Training Symposium”. In this track, we identified content, recruited speakers, and prepared and presented numerous sessions to very positive feedback. Similarly, the Kennell team frequently presents at professional conferences, such as the American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference and the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.

User Groups

Leading the MHS Data Repository (MDR) Users Group

The MDR Users Group provides ongoing training for MDR users and creates a space to facilitate communication between MDR users. Each meeting includes a didactic session where an MDR user presents a topic relating to MDR use including SAS techniques or tips, new data types in the MDR or other issues unique to the MHS. The meeting also includes an interactive session where users can ask questions of other MDR users and share their knowledge with other users. Kennell manages and coordinates the meeting each month, including: publicizing the meeting, inviting presenters, reviewing presentation content, hosting the meeting (via webinar and phone line), and posting recordings of previous meetings. Kennell staff has also provided many of the presentations since the MDR Users Group began.

Publication Support

Providing management and coordination of organizational serial publications

For more than five years, Kennell has worked directly with Navy Medicine on the development of The Healthcare Analytics in Navy Medicine quarterly publication and has continued the management and development of this publication through six successive annual volumes of material. Kennell staff helped conceive of the framework of the newsletter, including helping to identify the intended audience, objectives, newsletter themes, and the publication format which would be used to convey the content. Additionally, Kennell staff has been responsible for producing the majority of all publication content and has provided editorial management of all original and submitted content.