February 2013

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Training Announcement: 

Strategies for Measuring Program Effectiveness


In collaboration with state MCAH staff, FHOP is excited to present a skill-based training on methods for assessing the impacts of programs. This training will be focused on assessing outcomes using practical examples, evaluation strategies, tools, and how to pick the best evaluation method for the type of intervention. For example, we will discuss measuring knowledge change, assessing behavioral intention, and observing and documenting behavior, as well as ideas for assessing the impact of community awareness campaigns and social media outreach. This webinar will be particularly useful for MCAH program staff looking at the outcome measures in their local Scope of Work.

Webinar training: Strategies for Measuring Program Effectiveness

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 
Time: 1:30 PM - 3 PM 

Register: https://cdph-ooa.webex.com/cdph-ooa/j.php?ED=222011497&RG=1&UID=1382069862&RT=MiM0    

Registration is required for this free webinar. 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.



FHOP Website Updates


FHOP is working on making our website as user-friendly as possible. We are focusing on helping people find the information they want faster and making navigation within the site easier. One way we are doing this is by ensuring items that are posted have brief descriptions. 


One area that now has improved descriptions is the County Data Pages. We went through each County's data spreadsheet page (aka the databooks) and under the title of each data spreadsheet, listed the indicators that are in the spreadsheet. For example, if you are interested in your preterm birth rate, on the data spreadsheets page, you will quickly be able to see preterm birth can be found within the birth weight spreadsheet. We also put this descriptive table on the page before you need to put in your password, so that anyone who visits the FHOP site looking for MCAH data will know what is in the data spreadsheets.


You can access your data spreadsheets from your county link on this page: http://fhop.ucsf.edu/fhop/htm/ca_mcah/counties/index.htm If you do not have your user name and password, you can email FHOP to get it. MCAH directors control access to their data spreadsheets, so if you are not with an MCAH program, contact your local program if you have data questions.


Screenshot of new data spreadsheets page layout



Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter!

FHOP has recently joined the social media world on Facebook and on Twitter. We plan to use these outlets to share online resources and information more frequently than the quarterly newsletter. 


We are excited to see the Health Departments that are on Twitter already, and we have followed all of you who we could find. If you are on Twitter and we are not following you, send us a message @FamilyHealthOutcomes.  


To like us on Facebook, go to our FHOP page and click "Like" https://www.facebook.com/family.health.outcomes.project 



Resources around the Web

In preparation for the webinar on Feb. 28, we have been searching for and collecting resources related to measuring program effectiveness. Using evidence-based programs and practices can be a good place to start because these programs have already been demonstrated to be effective so your evaluation can be focused on performance measures and process measure to ensure the program is implemented with fidelity. We will create a library of many resources on the FHOP website. For now, we wanted to draw your attention to a few sites we find particularly useful and accessible:  


CDC Healthy Youth! Program Evaluation Resources

Includes short and easy to understand briefs on several data collection methods.


CDC Health Communicators Toolkit (clicking will open a PDF)

This toolkit provides a general introduction to social media and what you can do with different social media tools.


HealthyPeople 2020 Interventions and Resources for Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

Includes clinical recommendations, community interventions, and consumer information.


Recent Research in the News: Air Pollution and Health

Two stories related to air pollution have made headlines recently.


Air Pollution and Children's Asthma 

A study out of USC found that children living near freeways are more likely to suffer from asthma because of higher levels of pollution. This was applied to data for Bay Area Counties in a front page story in the Oakland Tribune. 


Air Pollution and Low Birth Weight

A large international study has found that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy increases the chance of low birth weight. A summary of the research can be found in NYTimes Well Blog. Information from the study published in Environmental Health Perspectives can be found here 


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.


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). 


FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project

phone: 415-476-5283