August 2012

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New on the FHOP website: 

Grant Writing Resources 


FHOP has compiled several resources for writing grant proposals for health projects, including writing guides and tips, finding funding opportunities, and additional reference materials. The NEW grant writing resource page is available at:   



Sections include:  

  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Finding Grant Opportunities
  • Grant Writing Guides Specific to Federal Programs
  • Additional Resources for Project Planning
  • Grant Writing Resources for Rural Communities


Recent Webinar Recordings Available: Local Data Spreadsheets and Introduction to Program Evaluation


Getting the Most out of Your Local Data Spreadsheets

Materials and recording available at: 

This skill-based training reviews ways to use the local data spreadsheets available on FHOP's website and will focus on practical examples and applications. The training is designed to help MCAH directors and staff, new and experienced, to get familiar with local data, describe trends and disparities, and evaluate potential data quality issues. 


Introduction to Program Evaluation - Part 1

Materials and recording available at: 

This webinar provides information about types of evaluation, data sources for evaluation, the steps for conducting an evaluation, and the place of evaluation in the program planning process. 


Announcing: Program Evaluation Part 2, August 30, 10am-11:30am

The second webinar will address using a logic model for program evaluation, developing an evaluation plan, and sources of data for evaluation.  A training alert with registration details will be sent out soon.

To register for this meeting
1. Go to
2. Register for the meeting.  



Local MCAH Scope of Work and Annual Report Resources


FHOP has updated the MCAH Scope of Work resource page with revised sample scope of work entries from the State MCAH Program for: 

  • Nutrition
  • Oral health
  • Preconception health
  • Prematurity prevention
  • Peer Preconception Educators Program

The document we most frequently refer people to is "Getting the data you need to complete your Scope of Work and your Annual Report Data Table ". (click title to open the PDF). It includes visual screen shots of the FHOP MCAH data spreadsheets that show where in the excel file to find the rate (hint: it is not in the rate tab, but in the graph tab, under Local - Intercept --check out the document, or call FHOP if you have questions).



New MCAH Priority Area Fact Sheet posted: Perinatal Substance Use


One new fact sheet has be posted on FHOP's site: 

  • Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use During Pregnancy: How the California and LOCAL Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs are working to reduce substance use during pregnancy

They are available at:  This joins fivefact sheets:

  • Breastfeeding in California: How the California and LOCAL Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs are collaborating to address challenges and barriers to breastfeeding
  • Healthy Weight and Pregnancy: What's the problem and what California and COUNTY Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs are doing about it 
  • Teen Pregnancy in California: What's the problem and what are Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program Responses               
  • Preconception Health:  What is it, why it matters, and what we are doing about it
  • Infant Health: Why it matters and what California and LOCAL Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health programs are doing to prevent infant death and disease   

FHOP worked with the State MCAH Program to identify issues for fact sheets based on Title V priorities, developed drafts of the fact sheets, and received feedback from the MCAH Action Executive Committee and Policy Committee. The purpose of fact sheets is to provide a resource to use with elected officials and policy makers to educate them about the costs and benefits of addressing key MCAH issues.



SAS Users Group

FHOP has started a group for SAS programmers who work with vital statistics (birth, death, fetal death) or hospital (inpatient, emergency department, ambulatory) data. The group is intended to facilitate discussion, answer questions, and access SAS macros developed by the UCSF Family Health Outcomes Project.


To sign up, CLICK HERE (you will be taken to a page to join the group and select your email list preferences).





CBInfo Users Group

FHOP is starting a group for users of the California Birth Information System (CBInfo) - a software package developed by FHOP to improve access to and utilization of birth certificate data.The group is intended to help you by providing peer-support for people using or interested in using CBInfo, to facilitate discussion and question asking and answering, to provide access to the designer of the CBInfo software and his programming and trouble-shooting expertise, and to generate ideas for development of new software features and standardized reports.


To sign up, CLICK HERE (you will be taken to a page to join the group and select your email list preferences). 



Signing up for the FHOP Listserv

Click on the link at the end of this email and you will be taken to a the sign-up page, where you can enter your contact information. Joining the FHOP Listserv will ensure you receive our quarterly newsletter, data alerts, and training alerts. 


You also can click on this link to be taken to the listserv sign-up page.


FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project

phone: 415-476-5283