September 2011

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Webinar Recording: "Strategies to understand and improve preconception health in your County" 


In this second webinar in a series of trainings related to Title V MCH priorities, Flojaune Griffin, Preconception Health Coordinator for CDPH, shares data on preconception health in California.  Then, Kellie Teter, MCH Coordinator for the Denver Public Health Department, discusses their experiences planning and implementing a collaborative, data-driven preconception health intervention in Denver.


The format of the webinar series combines program planning, a discussion of evidence-based interventions to address the problem, and a review of available resources. The series started with a Breastfeeding webinar, followed by a webinar addressing Preconception Health, and there will be a third webinar on Healthy Weight and Pregnancy.


Archived recordings, presentation handouts, and other resources are available from the FHOP training page and through these links:


FHOP Data Update

FHOP has received 2008 and 2009 hospital discharge data and 2009 birth data from the State. Once new procedures related to small numbers and race ethnicity coding are approved by the State, FHOP will analyze the data, update county indicator data books, and prepare county level hospital discharge data files. An announcement will be sent out when these data are published on the FHOP website,.


FHOP has been working with the State MCAH Program to review current indicators and proposed new indicators. A draft list of indicators will be shared with county MCAH Directors for comments at the fall MCAH Action meeting.  



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 alerts for announcements. However, in the interest of highlighting 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 participate in a virtual focus group via webinar to provide feedback. Stay tuned for more info.



New Reports and Resources

Public Health News: "Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show"

Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol.

Article from the LA Times, published 09/17/11. Read more at:


"What Shapes Health" from Exploring the Social Determinants of Health, Roberts Wood Johnson Foundation

Available at;


This site includes: 

  • Several issue briefs that highlight the latest research on the social factors that influence health, such as:
    • What Shapes Health-Related Behaviors: The Role of Social Factors
    • How Social Factors Shape Health: The Role of Stress
    • Early Childhood Experiences and Health
  • A three-part webinar series that explores upstream factors that shape our health where we live, learn, work and play.
  • The County Health Calculator: an interactive, online app that shows--for the U.S., states or counties--the impact that education and income have on health.

County Health Rankings
- released March 30, 2011

The County Health Rankings model includes four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and the physical environment. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. In addition to a health ranking for every county in the US, the site has several resources for program planning.


Available at:     


**Training Opportunity - County Health Rankings Learning Institute

On October 30, 2011, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be offering a Learning Institute on the County Health Rankings at the American Public Health Association conference. The purpose of this Learning Institute is to empower participants to improve the health of their communities through discussion with County Health Rankings authors and funders. We are offering scholarships to cover the $200 fee for this Learning Institute. The deadline for registering for this opportunity is September 29, 2011. 


For more information, see: 


FHOP at MCAH Action Fall Meeting

FHOP will be attending the fall MCAH Action meting in Sacramento. Find us and say hi. We are happy to answer questions, demo free FHOP software for data analysis, and walk you through the FHOP website. We also will be distributing a training topic survey to assist us with planning trainings for the coming year.


Signing up for the FHOP Listserv

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FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project

phone: 415-476-5283