December 2009

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In This Issue
Training Survey Results
Impact of Prevention Births to Teens
MCAH Marketplace
Kidsdata.org Now Statewide

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 FHOP Training Survey Results

Thank you for the input on the training topics survey. We received responses from 51 of the local health jurisdictions. We tallied the responses and we will talk about the results with the State to plan the trainings for 2009-2010. Due to the very limited travel budget in majority of the counties, most of the trainings will be in the form of webinars.

Top Training Topics
The following topics received the most interest from respondents. 
     1. Turning Data Into Action
     2. The Uses of Hospital Discharge Data for MCAH Surveillance
     3. Using Qualitative Methods for Needs Assessment
     4. Evaluating the Accomplishments of Your MCAH Objectives
     5. Program Evaluation 2
     6. Statistical Methods for Quantifying and Illustrating Disparities
     7. CBInfo
     8. Trend Analysis
 
CBInfo Training - Save the Date
We are planning to provide one face-to-face training on CBInfo - California Birth Information System, on Friday, January 29th, 2010. CBInfo is a software package developed by FHOP to improve access to and utilization of birth certificate data in a standard format that would allow comparisons within and across counties.  The training will take place in Sacramento, CA. More announcements will follow.

Impact of Preventing Births to Teens

In the last newsletter, we shared a new effort by FHOP to make the data on the 27 MCAH indicators more meaningful to local health jurisdictions (LHJs) and accessible to the public using maps. The first map compared teen birth rates for the 15-17 age population between the 1995-1997 period and the 2004-2006 period.

If California's rate of births to young women age 15 to 17 had remained what it was in 1996, 120,000 more young women would have had babies during adolescence. Family planning enabled those young women to mature before starting their families, and improved the prognosis for better outcomes for mothers, infants, and children.

Preventing unintended births also saves money. For every $1 spent from public funds, $4 is saved.  According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, in California, the cost to taxpayers per teen birth (for 17 and under) was $4,224.  Preventing 120,000 teen births saved about $507 billion dollars.

In the next newsletter, FHOP will share a fact sheet and sample press release with this information.

March of Dimes Fact Sheet on Teen Pregnancy: http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1159.asp#head2_healthrisks

More information about the cost of teen childbearing and an explanation of the cost calculation is available at: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/default.aspx.

Announcing the MCAH Marketplace
Follow Up from MCAH Action Meeting

One of the activities at the Fall 2009 MCAH Action Meeting was "MCAH Market".  Counties shared examples of projects, people, and resources in forms of items that were "sold" on the market.  There was an opportunity to "buy" individual items by approaching the seller and getting details about the particular item.

The FHOP website was identified as a potential site to host this market after the meeting. We are figuring out the best way to share the information from the meeting and make it accessible to all counties. Currently, we are compiling items from the Meeting, which will be reviewed by the MCAH Action Executive Committee. If you have resources, e.g. creative program ideas or interesting fact sheets that you would like to share with others ("sell"), please notify us by phone or e-mail.
Kidsdata.org Is Now Statewide
Find Data for Every City, School District, and County in CA

Data on the health and well being of children across California is now more accessible than ever before. Kidsdata.org, a children's health website developed by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, just expanded statewide, offering data for all counties, cities, and school districts in California -- nearly 1,600 regions. Data are available for dozens of topics measuring the health and well being of children, and much more data will be phased in throughout 2010. Learn how kids in your community are faring at http://www.kidsdata.org

Note from FHOP:
The data on kidsdata.org have not been tested for statistical significance. Apparent trends over time and differences across regions and among demographic groups may or may not be statistically significant.
FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project
phone: 415-476-5283