August-October 2013

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Welcome Ruth Long to FHOP


    Ruth W. Long, MA, MPH joined FHOP in July 2013.  Ruth has 11 years of professional experience in applied social and behavioral evaluation and research, with an emphasis on public health in resource poor environments. Her expertise includes the development of research and evaluation protocols and processes including data collection instruments, implementation, and data collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination.

     Prior to joining FHOP, Ruth spent nine years attending graduate school and working and teaching in Washington, DC. While in DC, Ruth earned an MA in International Development Studies and an MPH in Global Health Promotion from The George Washington University (GWU). Ruth's work  took her from downtown DC to sub-Saharan Africa, helping to understand the impact of remittances on access to healthcare in Ecuador to determining the efficacy of adolescent/youth and adult HIV/AIDS education/prevention and treatment programs in Ethiopia, Jamaica, and across the United States working for the National Association of County and City Health Organizations (NACCHO) and with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA). Ruth has also conducted community health needs assessments and trainings for local healthcare professionals in research and evaluation methodologies with Project Medishare in Haiti and Engineers Without Borders in El Salvador. 

     Ruth's professional experience includes four years with Operation Dignity, Inc. (OD), a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA, whose mission is to assist homeless Veterans and their families. Ruth earned a BA in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California Berkeley (UCB), and has a proficient knowledge of Spanish. 


MCAH Marketplace


The MCAH Market (MCAH Marketplace)is a place intended for MCAH Directors and related program staff to share examples of resources (interventions, assessment tools, etc.) and programs they have developed that other local MCAH programs could adapt and utilize.


*Share your resources for Title V Needs Assessment!*


Learn how to access and share on the Marketplace, view a Powerpoint presentation describing how to access existing documents and share new documents.   


Recently Added Documents

Examples of Needs Assessment documents created and used by Sonoma County during the 2010-2015 Needs Assessment process.


Research & News


Still Bubbling Over: California Adolescents Drinking More Soda and Other Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (fact sheet).  Dozens of media covered the launch of a new joint study on youth soda consumption, including the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee and La Opinion.  Interest was high around the study's key finding -- an alarming 8 percent spike among adolescents, the biggest consumers of these beverages -- but also around a key success: the drop in consumption among younger children.


Costs of Gestational Hypertensive Disorders in California: Hypertension, Preeclampsia, and Eclampsia and 

Costs of Maternal Hemorrhage in California. The reports model the costs of treatment for maternal hemorrhage, and for hypertensive disorders such as underlying and pregnancy-induced hypertension as well as preeclampsia, using bundled payment estimates for the 47 percent of births in California that are covered by Medi-Cal.


The National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a web-based version of "Health, United States, 2011: In Brief."


HHS announces expansion of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $69.7 million in grant awards to 13 states to expand Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program activities funded by the Affordable Care Act.


ACA and Pediatric Oral Health (fact sheet). Americans are exploring insurance options at a time when many have unaddressed dental needs and concerns about affordability.


Child Trends has released three new resources addressing topics key to child and adolescent well-being: dating and sexual relationships, health services, and bullying:

Adolescent Dating and Sexual Relationships

Adolescent Health Care Services

Bullying Programs - What Works


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