In this March 2007 issue...
  • Spotlight!
  • Upcoming FHOP Training!
  • County Health Status Profiles 2005
  • California Healthy Kids
  • American Dental Association

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    Twelve Years of County Level Data On The FHOP Website!

    Twelve Years of County level data on all the MCAH required birth, death and hospital discharge related MCAH Indicators on the FHOP website!!

    We have been getting feedback that many of the MCAH program staff and epidemiologists are not aware that most of the data which is required by the state MCAH Branch for Title V assessments and reports is already available on the FHOP website. The data for the periinatal indicators and those related to mortality and hospital discharge are contained in county specific files that can be downloaded. The data are displayed in a set of EXCEL spreadsheets. For each indicator the set includes a page for: county numerators and denominators; state numerators and denominators; indicator definitions; data quality (ie missing or unlikely values) for that county; a table of rates for the county and state with confidence intervals for each of the 12 years, and a trend graph that compares trend lines with a table showing statistical tests for significance of the various trend lines. In addition, each county file contains a separate set of spreadsheets for each indicator for the geographic region that includes that county with corresponding tables and graphs so that the county can compare itself to the region as a whole.

    To access these databooks you MUST have a password. You can access the password request form here or by contacing FHOP. If you have a password, go to the web site at and click CA MCAH Resources. Then click the first link on the page entitled "California County Pages and MCAH Data Spreadsheets" This will take you to a list of counties. Click that link to access your county page. The password protected section contains all the spreadsheets.

    Please let us know if you have any problems either with accessing the data or with interpreting it by calling for technical assistance.

    California County MCAH Data Spreadsheets

    Upcoming FHOP Training!
    EpiHOSP 2.0 Training in San Francisco

    A one-day training designed for MCAH staff to learn and practice EpiHOSP 2.0. EpiHOSP 2.0 is a Windows- based software program for use in analyzing hospital discharge data files provided to counties by FHOP. EpiHOSP 2.0 retains the essential functions of its predecessor, EpiHOSP, but the operation, look and feel are significantly different from the old version and users are strongly encouraged to participate in this training before attempting to use the software on their own.

    At the end of the one-day program, the participant should be able to: Articulate the use of hospital discharge data for assessment of childhood morbidity; Install EpiHOSP 2.0 software; Import county population and hospitalization data files; Run reports, and graphs; Articulate confidentiality issues when using the data; Use EpiHOSP 2.0 to generate tables and graphs for preventable hospitalization in children in a sample data set. Don't miss out! One more day for Early Bird Registration!

    EpiHosp Sneak Peak

    County Health Status Profiles 2005
    Individual County Health Status Profiles 2005

    The Center for Health Statistics Office of Health Information and Research has added a new resource for county level data where counties can click on a map and get a customized spreadsheet with their own data extracted and summarized from the 2005 County Health Status profiles. These individual county profiles contain all twenty-six health status indicators found in the County Health Status Profiles 2005

    County Health Status Profiles 2005

    California Healthy Kids
    California Healthy Kids Survey District-level Data Reports now Available Online!

    The Key Findings section of California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) reports for all school districts in California which administered the CHKS in the Fall 2004 or later can be accessed through this link to WestEd's online Reports Search Engine. The CHKS is a comprehensive youth self-report data collection system that provides essential and reliable health risk assessment and resilience information. Topics covered by the survey include use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, violence and safety, victimization and harassment, weapons possession and use, physical health, eating habits, exercise, mental health and suicide, sexual behavior and HIV risk. School Districts that receive Title IV or TUPE funding must administer the CHKS once every two years to students in grades 5,7,9 and 11. Districts choose when to survey, and whether to survey more often than the minimum requirement. For reports from previous years or more detailed Technical Reports it is usually necessary to contact the specific school district to obtain permission to use the data. You can contact WestEd at this link Contact us and they can provide you with district contact information and help to facilitate this process.

    American Dental Association
    ADA Recommends Against Using Formula Mixed with Fluoridated Water

    The American Dental Association has developed interim guidance on fluoride intake by infants and young children for parents, caregivers and health care professionals of infants who consume infant formula. To ensure that infants do not receive too much fluoride, the Association is recommending that infant formula not be mixed with water containing fluoride. Both tap water and bottled water may contain fluoride. The following recommendations have been posted on the Association's web site

    • feeding infants breast milk, widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants;
    • for infants who get most of their nutrition from formula during the first 12 months, choosing ready-to- feed formula over formula mixed with fluoridated water to help ensure that infants do not exceed the optimal amount of fluoride intake;
    • if liquid or powdered concentrate infant formulas is the primary source of nutrition, it can be mixed with water that is fluoride free or contains low levels of fluoride to decrease the risk of fluorosis, including water that is labeled purified, demineralized, deionized, distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water (many grocery stores sell these types of drinking water for less than $1 per gallon);

    For more information-American Dental Association
    Other Links of Interest...
  • CA County MCAH Data Pages
  • General Public Health Resources
  • CA County MCAH Data Resources
  • phone: (415) 476-5283