DataSpeak Webinar Series

DataSpeak is a series of webinars, each featuring a special topic related to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data. Each event features one or more speakers who are considered experts in their field.

Upcoming DataSpeak Webinar

DataSpeak: Utilizing the Title V Information System Data and the Federally Available Data Resource Document
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak webinar on the Title V Information System (TVIS). The Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program is the nation’s oldest federal-state partnership. The partnership reaches over 50 million pregnant women, infants, and children with funds distributed to 59 states and jurisdictions. The TVIS Web Reports provide national and state level data on financial expenditures, individuals served, and new performance and outcome measures. This data will be used to track program progress and impact over time.

This DataSpeak webinar will present an orientation to the new website. The new site includes interactive charts and maps, downloadable graphs and tables, searchable state applications and action plans, and summary state reports. In addition, this webinar will feature the Federally Available Data (FAD) Resource Document, a one-stop source to access and learn more about the new Title V performance and outcome measures. Information contained in this document includes detailed definitions, data notes, SAS code, and national and state data in a master Excel file. This Excel file facilitates comparisons over time, both within and across states, by demographic stratifiers.

The webinar will enable viewers to better understand the transformational changes made to the State MCH Block Grant program and how these updates to the TVIS have helped to advance its implementation by the State Title V programs. In addition, examples will be provided for how to best use the TVIS and FAD resources at the national and state levels.

Expert speakers will be:

  • Michele Lawler, M.S., R.D., Director of the MCHB’s Division of State and Community Health (DSCH) and Nora Carswell, IT Project Manager in DSCH, who will present the TVIS Web Reports, a web-based interface that allows public users to view data and generate reports from the Title V data that are submitted by the 59 State and jurisdictional MCH Block Grant Programs.
  • Ashley Hirai, Ph.D., Senior Scientist in the Office of Epidemiology and Research at MCHB, who will highlight how to access and use the FAD Resource Document. This will include a document tutorial and several examples of possible uses and data analyses.
  • Michael Kenny, M.S., Public Health Analyst with the Division of Health Surveillance in the Vermont Department of Health, who will demonstrate how the Vermont Department of Health uses the Title V FAD to inform internal program decisions and communicate with interested members of the public.

Previous Webinars

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May 2016

Disparities in the Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in Rural Areas of the United Statesexit disclaimer icon
A presentation of recent data from national surveys and data sets on access, health status, and mortality patterns for children and youth in rural areas, along with resources and information on improving the health of these populations. Transcript (PDF - 292 KB); Slides (PDF - 3.3 MB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF - 141 KB)


December 2015
Orientation to the State Systems Development Initiative Minimum/Core Dataset Implementation Guide
An overview of the SSDI Minimum/Core Implementation Guide and a step-by-step walkthrough of how to customize it for use by states. Transcript (PDF – 268 KB); Slides (PDF – 2.3 MB)

September 2015
Progress on the Redesign of the NSCH and the Data Resource Center
An overview of the NSCH redesign and how the Data Resource Center can help optimize the use of this new survey. Transcript (PDF – 262 KB); Slides (PDF – 2.7 MB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 142 KB)

August 2015
Clusters, Maps, and Hotspots: Small Area Analysis in Maternal and Child Health
An overview and real-world examples of small area analysis applications for MCH. Transcript (PDF – 295 KB); Slides (PDF – 3 MB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 199 KB)

April 2015
Vitally Important: Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics to Advance MCH
How states are working to improve vital statistics timeliness and data sharing, and how this is helping to inform and improve programs and health outcomes for women and infants. Transcript (PDF – 254 KB); Slides (PDF – 2 MB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 129 KB)


November 10
Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health
Exploring current research into how the built environment can influence reproductive health, child development, and mental health outcomes. Transcript (PDF – 274 KB); Slides (PDF – 7.5 MB)


October 17
Measuring the Return on Investment in Maternal and Child Health Programs
An overview of how to create and use economic analyses to reach out to partners. Transcript (PDF – 280 KB)

April 16
Findings from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health
Results and key findings of the survey, and how to use the Data Resource Center. Transcript (PDF – 243 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 412 KB)

February 26
From Theory to Data to Practice - Practical Applications of the Life Course Approach
Three ways in which MCH researchers and practitioners are using data and the life course approach. Transcript (PDF – 228 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 93 KB)


June 19
Building Better Data Systems to Address Youth Violence and Injury
The importance of data and the various ways it can be used to monitor and create policy to address youth violence and injury trends. Transcript (PDF – 175 KB)

January 19
Findings from the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NSCHN)
Discussion of the NSCHN, including purpose, methodology, key findings, and ways to access both state and national data. Transcript (PDF – 224 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 192 KB)


November 15
The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Approaches to Prevalence and Monitoring
Discussion of different tools, data sources, and methods for monitoring and reporting on the epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Transcript (PDF – 91 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 322 KB)

September 7
Bringing ADHD Epidemiology to States: What Could State-based Estimates Mean for Your State?
Focuses on epidemiological trends in childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity over time, using data from the NSCH. Transcript (PDF – 100 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 124 KB)

February 25
Healthy People 2020: the Next Generation of MCH-related Focus Areas
MCH-related Healthy People 2020 topic areas, focusing on workgroup process, changes in objectives and targets, and future plans. Transcript (PDF – 259 KB)


October 28
Social Determinants of Maternal and Child Health: Data, Policy Implications and Opportunities
Focus on current data, non-clinical opportunities for addressing disparities, and current federal policies to promote healthy early development. Transcript (PDF – 140 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 233 KB)

June 16
Physical Activity in Child Care Settings: Research Findings and Policy Implications
Data on children’s physical activity levels, along with information on associated demographic and environmental factors. Also discussed: best practice guidelines and programmatic and policy-level opportunities for increasing physical activity in child care settings. Transcript (PDF – 537 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 280 KB)

February 9
Children’s Emotional, Behavioral, and Developmental Wellbeing: New Data and Tools for the Field
National- and state-level data on the prevalence of emotional, behavioral, and development conditions among children, with a focus of the rise in autism rates. Transcript (PDF – 280 KB); Post-Webinar Q&As (PDF – 485 KB)

View previous DataSpeak content in our archive.


Date Last Reviewed:  July 2016

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