March 2012

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Title V MCH Priorities Webinar Series - Next Topic: Infant Health


A fourth webinar in a series of trainings related to Title V MCH priorities is being planned for early April on infant morbidity and mortality. When the date is set, a training alert will be sent out.


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.


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



Healthy Weight and Pregnancy Webinar, January 2012

with Dr. Naomi Stotland, UCSF 


Preconception Health Webinar August 2011

with Kellie Teter, MCH Coordinator for the Denver Public Health Department

and Flojaune Griffin, Preconception Health Coordinator for CDPH


Breastfeeding Webinar, March 2011

with Jane Heinig, Heather Gelhert, Karen Peters, and Jeanette Panchula 


New MCAH Priority Area Fact Sheets posted


Two new fact sheets have be posted on FHOP's site: 

  • 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 

They are available at:  These join the first two fact sheets:

  • 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

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.



*NEW* Announcing: 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). 


Contact FHOP if you would like more information. Click here to email FHOP.


*NEW* Announcing: SAS Users Group

FHOP is starting 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).


Contact FHOP if you would like more information. Click here to email FHOP.





FHOP Data Update

FHOP continues to work with CDPH on new procedures related to small numbers and race ethnicity coding. Once the procedures are approved by the State, FHOP will analyze the birth data and hospital discharge 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.



New Reports and Resources

Teenage prescription drug abuse is on the rise in California, so much so that a California Department of Education survey assessing student well-being included questions about it for the first time in its last statewide report. 

Fresno County has the only comprehensive, community-based program for combating youth and prescription drug abuse in the state, said Rolando Valero, program manager for the Lock It Up Project. The project is part of the not-for-profit California Health Collaborative and is funded by the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health.


Prenatal Care, Low Birthweight, and Preterm Births: Highlights of Recent Data   

This July, two laws take effect in California requiring individual and small group health plans to provide coverage for maternity services, including prenatal care. This mandate could positively influence the overall health of children. Prenatal care greatly reduces the risk of infant mortality. Timely prenatal care also lowers the risk of premature birth and lower birthweight, both of which can leave babies at increased danger for long-term disabilities. How is the state faring on these critical measures of infant health? As California approaches the enactment of these laws, newly posted data on provide insight. See this slideshow for details.




MCAH New Directors Orientation Recordings Available

A New MCAH Directors Orientation was held at the May 2011 MCAH Action meeting. FHOP recorded the training and DVDs of the session are available ($5 for DVD and shipping). PAC-LAC is in the process of putting the videos on YouTube. Because this training is not held yearly, the recording is an excellent resource for new MCAH Directors. Contact FHOP if you would like a purchase one of the DVDs. (email FHOP)

The DVD includes 9 sections:

1. New Directors Orientation Welcome and Overview

2. CDPH MCAH Introduction - State Staff and Resources

3. CDPH MCAH Presentation of Role of Nurse Consultant and Contract Manager

4. CDPH MCAH Presentation on AFA process

5. CDPH MCAH Presentation on Budgets

6. CDPH MCAH Presentation on FFP Time Study

7. CDPH MCAH Presentation on Title V Requirements and Time Study

8. Local MCAH Directors Panel

9. Overview and Role of MCAH Action

**The first 3 segments also are available on YouTube at - and we are working on posting the rest.**


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