March 2010

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In This Issue
Second Offering of CBInfo Training
Announcing the FHOP Webinar Training Series
MCAH Marketplace Update
New Online Resources

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By popular demand: A second offering of "Introduction to CBInfo" Training

California Birth Information System (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 San Francisco, CA, on Monday, April 26, 2010.

Click here for the registration form (opens a PDF). Early bird registration ends April 5, 2010. Space is limited. The January CBInfo training filled up in a week and a half - register early!
Announcing the FHOP Webinar Training Series

FHOP will be offering online trainings on 4 topics:
  • Problem Analysis
  • Objectives and Performance Measures
  • Logic Models
  • Data Sources
The first webinar training will be Monday, March 29, 2010, 12-1:30pm, on Problem Analysis: "Using a Socio-Ecological Model to Develop Strategies for Impacting MCAH Outcomes". The registration information will be sent out soon.

MCAH Marketplace Update

The MCAH Market is a place to share examples of resources and programs local MCAH program have developed. It will allow you to learn about what your neighboring health jurisdictions are working on.  An item might be an activity or event and you want to find out more about how it was accomplished. Perhaps you have developed a useful facts sheet and would be willing to share it. Or, maybe the Market can connect a veteran MCAH staff person, with expertise in a certain area, with someone new to the job.

FHOP has compiled the items that were "for sale" during the MCAH Action Meeting in October 2009 and we are working on the best way to make these available on our website.  We will be asking for additional items to share as we begin putting the Market together.

Sample of Items:
  • NCAST training available to certify/re-certify public health nurses in this valuable assessment tool (required annually for NFP). - Santa Cruz
  • Working practice knowledge of the MAPP process. - Stanislaus
  • Collaborating with WIC to travel to outlying communities in County, providing outreach, education, access, and referral to high risk clients, and on WIC Clinic days. - Lassen
  • Leveraged local funds from Sutter Health Foundation, First 5, Mental Health, and Public Health to put on a conference to increase awareness of perinatal depression. - Placer
  • MCAH Action Collaborative - Quarterly meeting held by MCAH Director where public/private agency representatives, medical facilities, community based organizations, and community members participate in discussing health needs of women and children in our community, challenges and barriers to addressing those needs, and how to work efficiently and effectively in meeting the needs. - Ventura
New Online Resources

First-Ever Index of Children's Health Reveals Decade of Improvement
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health has released the first-ever "California Index of Child and Youth Well Being." The index shows a consistent pattern of improvement in how children have fared over the last decade, but warns that the present economic recession could undermine and possibly even reverse those gains. The index is based on data from, which recently expanded to offer data on children's health and well being for all cities, counties, and school districts in California.

Study: 1 in 4 CA Children May Live in Poverty This Year - 850,000 More Than in 2008
More than a quarter of California's children could be living below the stringent federal poverty level this year, according to projections from a Duke University study released by the Foundation. The projections suggest that as many as 2.7 million California children may live in households where earnings are less than $22,000 per year for a family of four, an increase of about 850,000 children since 2008. The study also includes projections of poverty for Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Joins the Blogosphere!
A new blog just launched on, Data Points, provides timely insights about how children in California are faring. The blog also will foster helpful conversations among people who use data to improve the health and well being of children.

On the blog, you'll find:
  • Information about children's data efforts taking place throughout the state
  • Examples of how others use in their work
  • Data analysis and information from's expert staff
  • A forum to ask questions about data
  • Updates on issues affecting the health of California's kids, and more!
To learn more and to read posts from our experts, visit

County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health
The County Health Rankings identify the healthiest and least healthy counties within every state in the nation.  Their website,, provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county's health. Health outcomes represent how healthy a county is. They measure two types of health outcomes: how long people live (mortality) and how healthy people feel while alive (morbidity).  Health factors represent what influences the health of a county. They measure four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.  The Rankings are a "call to action" for state and local health departments to develop broad-based solutions with others in their community so all residents can be healthy

FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project
phone: 415-476-5283