In this October 2007 issue...
  • Spotlight! NEW Online Registry of Proven Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions
  • Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center
  • Changes in the California Birth Certificates and their Impact on AVSS File Generating Options and EpiBC
  • Children Now - 2007 California County Data Book

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    Spotlight! NEW Online Registry of Proven Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a searchable online registry of proven mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers and SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices The approaches they have identified for preventing and treating mental health and substance abuse disorders have been scientifically tested and are ready for use. This new registry is expected to grow considerably with new interventions summaries continually being added. The registry allows user to search for interventions that target, among other things, certain gender, age groups, race/ethnic groups, or that can be used in an urban or rural setting, or that are public or proprietary.

    NREPP Web Site

    Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center

    The MCH Information Resource Center, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), did a conference series on contextual analysis to explain disparities in health outcomes. Although the series was completed several months ago, links are available on the web to allow anyone who wants to understand multi-level or contextual analysis methods to participate in the series on their own time schedule. Epidemiologists and statisticians interested in multi-level or contextual analysis methods may find this series helpful. It is archived at: vent.htm

    The series focuses on preterm birth and infant mortality, but the information presented can be used to understand how to do any type of contextual analysis. Each program in the series features one of several university-based researchers funded by MCHB in the Health Resources and Services Administration to explore the effect of neighborhoods on our country's relatively high infant mortality rate as compared to other industrialized countries and wide racial disparities in infant mortality and preterm birth.

    The series provides public health professionals with background and knowledge of concepts and statistical analysis techniques to begin developing and adapting the approach to their specific States and communities. The first program presents an overview of contextual analysis, including discussion of how neighborhoods are defined, sources of data available at the neighborhood level, and how neighborhood conditions can affect health. The second program describs several different multilevel analysis techniques, their advantages and disadvantages, examples of their use for the analysis of preterm birth data, and the interpretation of statistical results. This third program includes real-world examples of analyses from MHCB-funded research sites, describes resources needed to implement these types of analyses, and identifies the varied potential uses of multilevel modeling other than preterm birth and low birth weight.

    IThis link includes archives of other talks hosted by MHCB that are of interest to maternal, child, and adolescent health professionals.

    MCH Information Resource Center

    Changes in the California Birth Certificates and their Impact on AVSS File Generating Options and EpiBC

    In the last three years there were several birth certificate revisions that affected the record layout in AVSS and impact the use of EpiBC. For the 2005 data set the codes for method of delivery were changed and how AVSS reports them is different. For the 2006 and 2007 certificates some fields were deleted and others were added. FHOP will be making changes in EpiBC to accommodate the new certificates and will send out a data alert when this is completed.

    AVSS file generation options have also changed. To generate EpiBC compatible AVSS files for years prior to 2007 you now need to use 0ption 8 (Y2K CBC file 672), which used to be option 10. For 2007 and on you will use the new Option 10 (2007 CBC File 1800).

    Please contact us when you encounter problems.

    Children Now - 2007 California County Data Book

    This report provides data for each of the 58 counties in California on selected indicators for health, education and economic status. It is a convenient way to get a quick broad overview. Because it primarily uses survey data from the Census Population Survey and the California Health Interview Survey the sample sizes often don't allow for more that a regional look rather than a county specific look. So be sure read the small print below each table in your county section before using this to describe your county. There are 13 tables that rank counties. The Notes section says that they don't provide rates and percents where the sample size is less that 10 or the rates are unstable, however when they rank they don't provide information on statistical tests for the significant differences among the counties that are ranked so be careful when quoting these.
    Other Links of Interest...
  • CA County MCAH Data Pages
  • General Public Health Resources
  • CA County MCAH Data Resources
  • phone: (415) 476-5283