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FHOP Wishes You a Happy 2014!


A very happy new year to all of you!  FHOP hopes that you had a happy and healthy holiday season and that you are refreshed and ready to delve into the Needs Assessment. 


We know that many of you are anticipating the reposting of the DataBooks; they will be reposted within two weeks! We are working hard with the State MCAH Epidemiology program on a data quality enhance process to improve consistency in data definitions, descriptions, and methods for the data being analyzed by both FHOP and the State. 


In order to prepare yourselves for the DataBooks and the work that will come afterward, take a few minutes to review the Needs Assessment page on the FHOP website where you will find audio recordings, presentations, materials, and relevant web links for additional information.  You may also find some of FHOP's previous webinar trainings, as well as the MCAH Marketplace (see below), to be helpful.


FHOP is looking forward to working with you to make the most of the coming year, particularly with your Needs Assessment.  FHOP is always available for questions, comments, concerns, etc. so please feel comfortable in sending them our way.


Wishing you all the best in 2014!



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.




Prevention of Substance-Exposed Pregnancies Collaborative (PSEP).  The Prevention of Substance-Exposed Pregnancies Collaborative (PSEP) represents 18 months of work led by CityMatCH with funding and guidance from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Released in December 2013.


Weight Status and Sexual Orientation: Differences by Age and Within Racial and Ethnic Subgroups.  White and African American lesbians or bisexual women are more at risk of being overweight than heterosexual women, according to this analysis of sexual orientation. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), a research team from the Boston University School of Public Health found that these sexual minority women tended to be overweight at 18 and retain that weight in adulthood, when compared to heterosexual women of the same race and ethnicity.   


Supreme Court temporarily allows religious groups not to cover birth control. The Obama administration faced a fresh challenge to its health-care law just as many of its key provisions took effect Wednesday, after an eleventh-hour Supreme Court ruling temporarily allowed some Catholic groups not to cover birth control in their employee health plans.


Millions Of Lower-Income People Expected To Shift Between Exchanges And Medicaid.  In 2014, millions of people are expected to shift between the health exchanges and Medicaid, as their income fluctuates over the year. That could be costly for states and insurance companies, and patients could wind up having gaps in coverage or having to switch health plans or doctors.


Life Course Indicators Online Tool. Explore the set of 59 life course indicators by Category, Data Source, or Domain (tabs) and click on the names to expand the section.


Social Media in the States: Tools for Instant Access to Emerging Issues. According to a recent study by the Pew Internet Project, 61 percent of adults look online for health information, with 41 percent using social media to obtain information about health or medical issues.


FHOP Website


The FHOP website ( is a "living" document and is regularly updated.  We welcome your participation in suggesting data sources, articles, reports, etc. that are relavent to MCAH programs.  Please email us with your suggestions ([email protected]). 


FHOP's 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