March 2011

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Announcing a new webinar training series ~ Public Health Topics, Issues, and Resources: Strategies to increase Breastfeeding in your County 


Join us for the first in a series of about topic-based webinars related to Title V MCH priorities. The format of the webinars will combine program planning, a discussion of evidence-based interventions to address the problem, and a review available resources. The series will start with a Breastfeeding webinar, to be followed by additional webinars addressing Preconception Health and then Healthy Weight and Pregnancy.


Date: March 23, 2011

Time: 1 PM - 3 PM


1. Click here to be taken to the registration page

2. Register for the meeting. 

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. 



  • Introductions
  • Review of Breast Feeding Problem Analysis Diagram
  • Framing the Issue - Heather Gelhert
  • Baby Cues - Jane Heinig
  • Work Place Policies - Karen Peters
  • Hospital Policies - Jeanette Panchula
  • Resources on breastfeeding available from the state - Jeanette Panchula
  • Resources available on FHOPs web site - Katie Gillespie

Note: The webinars will be recorded and archived for anyone unable to attend live.


California Birth Information System (CBInfo) -- Program Updates and Archived Webinar Trainings

Please note: FHOP makes periodic updates and fixes to the CBInfo program. We link to the latest version on our software page, as well as provide any other important information about CBInfo. 


The current version of CBInfo was updated 2.29.11. If you are unsure of your current version of CBInfo (or EpiInfo, which CBInfo runs off of), download the latest versions on the FHOP website. Installing the new version will not remove any of your databases or output files. Another CBInfo update related to code for BMI will be released soon. If you are interested in the changes being made to CBInfo and why they are happening, we will be adding "Program Notes" for changes that occur.


NOTE: Some users have been receiving an error message when trying to import AVSS data into CBInfo. 
1. If you encounter a problem with CBInfo, the best first step is to uninstall CBInfo and reinstall the latest version from the FHOP website. Uninstalling and reinstalling CBInfo will not remove any of your databases or output files. 
2. Then, when you open CBInfo, under "Settings", select "Set County Code" and enter the code for your county (which you can find on page 124 in the manual). Then select "Set Drive Letter", and enter the drive where EpiInfo is installed, generally it is C. You must enter the drive letter and a COLON for the program to function correctly, for example, "C:".
3. If you still are finding issues with CBInfo after these steps, contact FHOP. 


CBInfo Webinar Trainings

In January and February, FHOP held two "refresher module" webinar trainings for CBInfo. The first webinar was "Getting Started: Installing the Software, Navigating CBInfo, and Importing the Data". The second webinar was ""Generating Reports and Tables in CBInfo". 


The webinars were recorded and more information as well as links to the archived presentations are available from the FHOP Training Page.


Materials for CBInfo, including the software program and the user manual, are available to download for free from the FHOP Software Page.


FHOP Website Updates

FHOP frequently adds new resources and information to our webpage. For example, we have redesigned our training information page, viewable at It now provides an overview of what FHOP offers and links to a general list of training topics and to the calendar of current and past trainings.


The newsletter and periodic data alerts have been the main methods for announcing updates. We will continue to use the newsletter space and data alert for announcements. However, in the interest of high lighting changes and time-sensitive information, we will be adding a "What's New" section on the homepage.


As we continue to update our website, we will be asking for volunteers to participation in a virtual focus group via webinar to provide feedback.



New Reports and Research

New report from California Office of Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) on preventable hospitalizations

Preventable Hospitalizations in California: Statewide and County Trends in Access to and Quality of Outpatient Care Measured with Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs), 1999-2008. 


Available at:  



New Research

"Closely Spaced Pregnancies Are Associated With Increased Odds of Autism in California Sibling Births"

By Keely Cheslack-Postava, Kayuet Liu, Peter S. Bearman. Pediatrics Vol 127, Num 2, Feb 2011.


Abstract: (retrieved from PubMed)

OBJECTIVE To determine whether theinterpregnancy interval (IPI) is associated with the risk of autism in subsequent births.

METHODS Pairs of first- and second-born singleton full siblings were identified from all Californiabirths that occurred from 1992 to 2002 using birth records, and autism diagnoses were identified by using linked records of the California Departmentof Developmental Services. IPI was calculated as the time interval between birth dates minus the gestational age of the second sibling. In theprimary analysis, logistic regression models were used to determine whether odds of autism in second-born children varied according to IPI. To address potential confounding by unmeasured family-level factors, a case-sibling control analysis determined whether affected sibling (first versus second) varied with IPI.

RESULTS An inverse association between IPI and odds of autism among 662 730 second-born children was observed. In particular, IPIs of <12, 12 to 23, and 24 to 35 months were associatedwith odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) for autism of 3.39 (3.00-3.82), 1.86 (1.65-2.10), and 1.26 (1.10-1.45) relative to IPIs of 36 months. The association was not mediated by pretermbirth or low birth weight and persisted across categories of sociodemographic characteristics,with some attenuation in the oldest and youngest parents. Second-born children were atincreased risk of autism relative to their firstborn siblings only in pairs with short IPIs.

CONCLUSIONS These results suggest that children born after shorter intervals betweenpregnancies are at increased risk of developing autism; the highest risk was associated withpregnancies spaced <1 year apart.



Upcoming Conferences


2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH Epi) Conference


This conference will emphasize the needs of local, state, tribal and federal public health professionals working to improve the health of women, children and families in the western United States.


Date: June 19-20, 2011

Location: San Francisco, CA 



Early registration (by 5/20/11) - $150

General registration (5/21 - 6/19/11) - $175

Late/onsite registration (6/19/11) - $200


Registration: Click here to be taken to the registration information page
The registration page includes links to register for the conference, submit an abstract, as well as more information about registration fees, cancellation policy, and hotel and travel information. 


2011 CityMatCH Conference: Justice!

Urban Maternal, Child, and Health Leadership Conference


Sep 17-20, 2011, San Francisco
This year's conference will focus on the theme of JUSTICE in all communities.
More information is available at:

Registration opens May 16, 2011. Continuing education credit/contact hours is FREE OF CHARGE in 2011!

Abstract submission: The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 


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