FHOP Projects

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. As of 2020, FHOP has worked with CDPH, MCAH for 28 years.

The focus of the current contract 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, evaluating programs, and providing informational webinars on topics driven by LHJ needs. This includes acquiring data from birth and death certificates, and hospital discharge and emergency room data, and preparing EXCEL spreadsheets for MCAH indicators (FHOP Databooks). Spreadsheets contain raw data, rate tables and trend graphs. We have also used 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.

Archived webinars for State and Local MCAH can be found HERE

Title V Needs Assessment of California Children's Services program (CCS):


Title V Needs Assessments for Title V funded, state-run programs are conducted every five years, and FHOP has been contracted to conduct the CCS Needs Assessment for the past four cycles (over the course of 16 years). 

The Family Health Outcomes Project is facilitating the 2018-2020 Needs Assessment Process on behalf of the California Department of Health Care Services, Integrated Systems of Care Division (DHCS-ISCD). 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 a multifaceted project that involves convening a stakeholder group, collecting and analyzing both primary (key informant interviews, focus groups, and survey of CCS families, program administrators, and providers) and secondary data, and determining needs and priorities for program improvements over the next five years.

CalWORKs Home Visiting Program Evaluation:


The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) awarded a $3 million contract to the UCSF Family Health Outcomes Project (FHOP) to evaluate the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Home Visiting Program (HVP). This voluntary program is supervised by CDSS and administered by participating California counties.

Established by AB-1811, the HVP is charged with providing high-quality, evidence-based, culturally competent home visiting services to pregnant women, parents or caretaker relatives, and children for 24 months or until the child’s second birthday, whichever is later. Home visiting services are to meet the needs of at-risk families in under-served, impoverished, rural, tribal, and other communities. The purpose of the HVP is to support positive outcomes for pregnant and parenting women, families, and infants born into poverty; expand their future educational, economic, and financial opportunities; and improve the likelihood they will exit poverty.

The UCSF Evaluation team is led by Principal Investigator Jennifer Rienks, PhD, Associate Director of FHOP. Co-Principal Investigator Linda Remy, MSW PhD, FHOP Research Director is responsible for the quantitative evaluation. Co-Principal Investigator Linda Franck, RN, PhD, from UCSF School of Nursing, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, is responsible for the qualitative evaluation together with sub-contractor Resource Development Associates of Oakland, CA. Co-Principal Investigator Geraldine Oliva, MD MPH, FHOP’s founder and Director, will work with Drs. Remy and Franck on a focused evaluation of HVP in relation to high-risk pregnancies and infants.

ASTHO Perinatal Opioid Use Trainings:


FHOP has a contract for 2019-2020 with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to facilitate trainings in 24 counties and 4 regions throughout California on screening perinatal women for opioid use. These trainings are targeted to Public Health staff, including staff from the California Home Visiting Program; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the state’s Adolescent Family Life Program; the state’s Black Infant Health (BIH) program; the state’s Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program; and other stakeholders who work with women in the perinatal period. The California Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit: Supporting Public Health Response in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health will be shared with all training participants. The toolkit was developed by ASTHO, with support from the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and input from CDPH and FHOP. 

Past Projects