November 2012

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It's FHOP's 20th Anniversary!


We want to thank all of the local MCAH directors, coordinators, and staff, State MCAH staff, and friends who we have been fortunate enough to work with over the past twenty years. Thanks for letting us be part the important work you do.




New on the FHOP website:

Sample Evaluation Tools for SIDS Education

With help from CDPH MCAH Division, FHOP has posted example questions to use to assess the effectiveness of efforts in increasing SIDS knowledge. Please note that you may need to adapt questions to make them relevant to your local health jurisdiction and the target audience, especially ensuring an appropriate reading level for the questions. These are available at:    


Recently Added 

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 Training Recordings Available: 

Program Evaluation Part 1 and Part 2


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. 



Program Evaluation Part 2: Data Sources and Developing an Evaluation Plan

Materials and recording available at:  This webinar addresses developing an evaluation plan, and sources of data for evaluation. 

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 sources for evaluation data
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of different data sources for evaluations
  • Discuss the purpose and parts of an evaluation plan
  • Describe options for disseminating evaluation results



Resources and Trainings around the Web


Free Online Learning Courses from OSU Center for Public Health Practice


>Creating Opportunities for Healthy Communities 

  • This interactive course will provide basic knowledge about how our social networks, community structures and local and state policies affect our health and health behavior.  
  • Its goal is to discuss the importance of planning and implementing public health strategies to create environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice and support healthy living.  

Available at: 


>Practice in Action 

  • The Practice in Action Webinar Series addresses emerging issues, promising/best practices, practice-based research activities, and other relevant and timely issues in public health practice. 

Upcoming topics are public health agency accreditation, tips for rapidly finding reliable public health information on the internet, and environmental changes that encourage physical activity. Some past topics available as archives are using competencies for workforce development and creating a workforce development plan.

Available at:   



New: Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center

  • A comprehensive web directory of hyperlinks to tools and resources designed to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age. 
  • Materials and strategies are grouped into four categories: 1) health education materials for women and men; 2) clinical strategies and model programs; 3) policy strategies and resources; and 4) state and local strategies and model programs.  

This resource was developed by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the CDC, CityMatCH, Johnson Group Consulting Inc., the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National PCHHC Initiative, and the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health.

Available at:   



New research: Even short bouts of daily exercise could help obese kids improve health

A recent study offered some encouraging potential ammunition in the fight against rising childhood obesity rates: As little as 20 minutes of daily, vigorous physical activity can reduce diabetes risk and increase fitness. See more at the Nation's Health:   




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