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DataSpeak Archived Events

DataSpeak events have been archived so that you can have access to all of the information anywhere and anytime. You can download any of the following materials

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Events Grouped by Date

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000


December 10, 2015
Orientation to the State Systems Development Initiative Minimum/Core Dataset Implementation Guide
An overview of the SSDI Minimum/Core Implementation Guide as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of how to customize it for use by states.

September 10, 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.

August 12, 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.

April 30, 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.


Monday, 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.


Thursday, 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.

Tuesday, April 16
Findings from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health
Results, key findings of the survey, and how to use the Data Resource Center. 

Tuesday, 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 were discussed.


Tuesday, June 19
Building Better Data Systems to Address Youth Violence and Injury
Experts speak to the importance of data and the various ways that public data can be used to monitor and create policy to address youth violence and injury trends.

Thursday, January 19
Findings from the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Discussion of the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, including purpose, methodology, key findings, and ways to access both state and national data.


Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, September 7
Bringing ADHD Epidemiology to States: What Could State-based Estimates Mean for Your State?
Epidemiological trends in childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity over time, using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health are discussed, including the potential for using state-based estimates from this national, population-based survey to advance state health initiatives in the mental and behavioral health of children.

Friday, 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. 


Thursday, October 28
Social Determinants of Maternal and Child Health: Data, Policy Implications and Opportunities
Focus: the social determinants of maternal and child health. Two experts in the field discussed current data on the topic, non-clinical opportunities for addressing disparities, and current federal policies to promote healthy early development.

Tuesday, June 16
Physical Activity in Child Care Settings: Research Findings and Policy Implications
Research findings on physical activity among preschoolers in child care settings. Data on childrens' physical activity levels were presented, along with information on associated demographic and environmental factors. Presenters also discussed best practice guidelines and programmatic and policy-level opportunities for increasing physical activity in child care settings.

Tuesday, February 9
Childrens 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 discussion of the rise in autism rates, specifically. There was information on the role that public health professionals play in helping primary care providers to provide appropriate care for this population.


Monday, September 14
Health Information Exchange (HIE): How the MCH Community Can Utilize New Funding and Technology
Health information exchange (HIE) and its application to public health systems. The program covered the HITECH Act and the opportunities it provides to the MCH community, an introduction to integrated information systems, and an overview of Rhode Island’s innovative KIDSNET program.

Tuesday, June 2
New Findings from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)
Iinformation from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. A leading scientist from the NCHS provided an overview of the survey methodology and a senior representative from the MCHB discussed potential applications of the survey as well as selected findings. The director of the CAHMI provided information about accessing National- and State-level survey data online and highlighted key State-level survey results. 


Wednesday, December 3
New Findings on Health Behaviors of School-aged Children
Selected results from the 2005-2006 Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey. Physical activity, substance use, and bullying were highlighted, as well as comparisons of findings for the United States versus other nations.

Monday, September 15
New Approaches to State Surveillance of Childrens BMI
Overview of new approaches to state surveillance of children's body mass index (BMI). Speakers discussed Federal surveillance of children’s BMI, the statewide school-based BMI screening program in Arkansas, and population-based surveillance efforts in Michigan, Maine and San Diego.

Wednesday, July 23
Maternal and Child Health on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Overview of communities on the US-Mexico border, a description of ongoing data collection and analysis efforts, and a discussion of opportunities for improved cross-border data collection. Presentations of perinatal and child mortality data are included.

Monday, June 2
Findings from Phase II of the National Healthy Start Evaluation
Overview of the methods and findings of the National Healthy Start Evaluation, Phase II. Both the case studies of individual grantees and the survey of Healthy Start participants were discussed.

Wednesday, April 16
National and State Surveillance Efforts to Monitor Oral Health Disparities in Children
Overview of recent data on children's oral health based on selected national- and state-level surveillance efforts.

Wednesday, February 20
Using GIS in MCH Research and Planning
Basics of GIS and the methodology involved, as well as examples of how GIS has been used to examine variation in maternal and child health outcomes and disparities in access to care at the State and local level.


Wednesday, November 28
Findings from the 2005-2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Overview of the purpose and uses of the survey, highlights key findings, describes the data collection methods (as well as the similarities and differences between the 2005–2006 survey questions and the survey conducted in 2001), and walks participants through an online tool for analyzing state and national data. 

Wednesday, July 11
Contextual Analysis, Part 3: Applying the Statistical Concepts to Real Data
Real-world examples of the analyses from the research sites funded by MCHB, the resources needed to implement these types of analyses, and the varied potential uses of multilevel modeling other than preterm birth and low birth weight outcomes.

Thursday, June 28
HIV/AIDS among Women: Maternal and Child Health and HIV/AIDS Partnerships for Prevention, Testing, and Care
Latest surveillance data on HIV infection and AIDS among women, highlighting the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on women of color. 

Wednesday, June 6
Contextual Analysis, Part 2: Methods for Understanding and Interpreting Multilevel Analysis
Multilevel analysis techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches, examples of their use for the analysis of preterm birth data, and the interpretation of statistical results.

Wednesday, May 16
Contextual Analysis, Part 1: A Tool for Understanding Disparities in Preterm Birth
Overview of contextual analysis, including discussion of how neighborhoods are defined, what sources of data are available at the neighborhood level, how neighborhood conditions can affect health, what scientific evidence there is to support a contextual approach, and what challenges face investigators in this field of work.

Wednesday, February 14 
New Findings from the National Survey of Children's Health
Findings from three in-depth studies featured in a special February 2007 issue of Pediatrics


Wednesday, May 17
Addressing Disparities in Perinatal Health and Birth Outcomes: New Approaches for Improving Maternal and Infant Health

Monday, May 8
Understanding Disparities in Perinatal Health and Birth Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Perspectives

Wednesday, February 22
Child Death Review: Using Data to Understand Why Children Die and Taking Action to Prevent Child Deaths


Wednesday, September 21 
National Survey of Children’s Health

Wednesday, June 29
Perinatal Depression: Emerging Perspectives and Practices

Wednesday, May 11
Breastfeeding in the United States: New National Data, Federal Priorities, and Lessons from the Field


Wednesday, September 22
Integrating Oral Health and MCH Programs

Wednesday, June 30
Integrated Child Health Information Systems

Wednesday, April 21
Perinatal HIV Screening: Efforts to Monitor Trends and Reduce Transmission

Wednesday, January 14
U.S. Teens in Our World: Understanding the Health of U.S. Youth in Comparison to Youth in Other Countries


Wednesday, July 23
Women's Health: Data Resources and Federal Initiatives

Thursday, May 22
CSHCN: Findings from the National Survey on CSHCN


Thursday, June 13
The Health of Immigrant Populations: Coverage, Access, and Outcomes

Thursday, April 4
Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents


Tuesday, June 26
International Perspectives on Youth Violence

Tuesday, March 6
Implications of the New Federal Approach to Classifying Race/Ethnicity


Tuesday, June 28
Managing and Measuring Pediatric Oral Health