May 2012

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Next Webinar Training: Local Data Spreadsheets - May 22, 2012


The next FHOP training will be "Getting the most out of your local data spreadsheets: Monitoring your local MCAH population, assessing trends and identifying disparities". Registration is required for this free webinar (see training details below).


This skill-based training will review 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. For more information, click here to go the FHOP page for the training.  


Training Details

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Registration: To register for this meeting  

1. Go to
2. Register for the meeting.   
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. Please note that to join the audio for the webinar, you will need to call in via telephone (using the toll-free number provided) and to see the presentation, you will need to be on the computer.  The webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing.




Title V MCH Priorities Webinar Series - Infant Health webinar recording posted


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.  


Infant Health Webinar, April 2012

wtih Dr. Paul Wise and Dr. Maria Jocson


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 Sheet posted: Infant Health


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

  • Infant Health: Why it matters and what California and LOCAL Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health programs are doing to prevent infant death and disease 

They are available at:  This joins four fact 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

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.



MCAH New Directors Orientation Recordings - Now Available Online

A New MCAH Directors Orientation was held at the May 2011 MCAH Action meeting. FHOP recorded the training and the recordings are available online and on DVD. The online recordings are available by clicking here (link takes you to Google Picasa).


DVDs are $5 for DVD and shipping. 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 Orientation 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


New Reports and Resources


Center provides printable, easy-to-read Health Profiles of California counties

Need a quick snapshot of health in your county? The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research now has easy-to-read and printable county-based Health Profiles on topics ranging from health insurance, obesity, exercise and more! These Health Profiles were created using data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). 

 Health Profiles contain information for the state's 58 counties. Specifically, the state's 41 most populated counties each have their own Health Profile. The remaining 17 counties are grouped into three different Health Profiles. Sub-county profiles are also available for Los Angeles County's eight Service Planning Areas and six the six Human Service Agency Regions in San Diego County. A Statewide Health Profile examining data from CHIS 2001-2009 is also included.


The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth from the World Health Organization and the March of Dimes

"Born Too Soon provides the first-ever comparable country-level estimates for preterm birth in 184 countries. The report shows that preterm birth rates are on the rise in most countries, with the result that preterm birth is now the single most important cause of neonatal deaths (babies under 28 days) and the second leading cause of death in children under 5.


Born Too Soon proposes actions for policy, programs and research by all partners - including government and non-government organizations and the business community - that, if acted upon, will substantially reduce the toll of preterm birth, especially in high-burden countries."



AskCHIS Online Workshop - May 11 and June 8

The Center's Health DATA Program invites community members to participate in free, online workshops on May 11 and June 8 that will demonstrate AskCHIS, the easy-to-use Web tool that helps you search for statistics on your county, region or for all of California. The tool uses data from the California Health Interview Survey and participants will learn how to formulate data questions, build queries, graph and export data, and interpret results. Participants can choose which topics they would like to research including obesity, health care access, child and adult activity levels and mental health.


Date: May 11 and June 8, 2012

Time: 1 - 3 p.m. on May 11 and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 8

Cost: Free


 Learn more (click link for registration information)!




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). 



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FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project

phone: 415-476-5283