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1. Maternal and Child Health Branch, California Department of Health and Human Services
Maternal Child and Adolescent Health /Office of Family Planning Branch, California Department of Health and Human Services funds an ongoing cooperative agreement for building capacity in local MCAH programs for using data for community assessment, planning and policy development and evaluation. This is the twenty-first year for this project.
The focus of the current two-year agreement July 2014 - June 2016 is to work with the MCAH programs in California's 61 local health jurisdictions (LHJs) on building capacity for performing community needs assessments, monitoring health, developing action plans and evaluating programs. This includes acquiring data from birth and death certificates, and hospital discharge and emergency room data, and preparing EXCEL spreadsheets for MCAH indicators. Spreadsheets contain raw data, rate tables and trend graphs. We have also use data compiled and collected from other sources including census population, California Health Interview Survey, the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, California Department of Social Services, Child Welfare Dynamic Report System, CDPH Genetic Disease Branch Newborn Screening Data, Sexually Transmitted disease occurrence data and number of calls for domestic violence data. In addition we provide training, technical assistance and maintain a website for all project materials with links to other sights useful to MCAH staff.
For the current funding year 14-15 we are focusing on helping LHJ identify evidence-based interventions and develop 5-year action plans to address the priorities from their recently completed needs assessments.
In 2009, we developed California Birth Info (CBInfo), a new version of an EpiInfo based analytical system for analysis of birth certificate data designed to accommodate recent changes in the California Certificate of live birth. In 2010 we developed and posted on FHOPs web site webinar training modules to assist county staff in learning to use this software, and we continue to provide technical assistance to county staff using the software.
We will also continue producing webinars related to the public health planning process and methods for collecting and analyzing public health data, as well as producing our webinar series Public Health Topics, Issues, and Resources. The webinars are available through our website so that county staff and others who missed the live presentation can access these modules at their convenience.
2. Children's Medical Services Branch, California Department of Health Care Services
The Family Health Outcomes Project was contracted by the California Children's Medical Services Branch to manage the design, implementation, and coordination of a large year-long needs assessment project for the California Department of Health Service's California Children's Service (CCS) program. The CCS program provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children under age 21 with CCS-eligible medical conditions. Examples of CCS-eligible conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, cerebral palsy, heart disease, cancer, traumatic injuries, and infectious diseases producing major sequelae. CCS also provides medical therapy services that are delivered at public schools. The CCS needs assessment is required as part of state's Title V application, and was a multifaceted project that involved convening a stakeholder group, collecting and analyses of both primary and secondary data, deciding on CCS program priorities for 2010 - 2015, and developing an action plan to address the priorities.
Resources developed and used during the needs assessment process are available here.