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.

Previous Webinars

2017 | 2016 | 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


October 2017

The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) examines the physical and emotional health of children from birth through 17 years of age. Emphasis is placed on factors that may be related to the well-being of children including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school experiences, and neighborhood safety. This DataSpeak will be one of the first public presentations on the most recent results of this important survey that was funded and directed by MCHB, with data collection conducted by the Census Bureau. Presentations will include:

  • 2016 NSCH redesign and new estimates
    Reem Ghandour, DrPH, MPA, Director of the Division of Epidemiology in the MCHB's Office of Epidemiology and Research
  • 2016 NSCH Data collection methodology
    Jason Fields, PhD, MPH, Survey Director at the US Census Bureau
  • Get started using NSCH 2016 data with the Data Resource Center (DRC) website
    Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Director of the DRC for Child and Adolescent Health

July 2017

Data-driven Change at the Community Level: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health Exit Disclaimer

Transcript (PDF - 257 KB); Slides (PDF -  5.07 MB); Q & A (PDF -  121 KB)



December 2016

Moving the Needle on Maternal Health: Updates on Federal and State Initiatives Exit Disclaimer
This presentation focused on maternal and women's health initiatives, discussing how maternal health leaders can achieve reductions in maternal deaths through collaboration and quality improvement.
Transcript (PDF - 225 KB); Slides (PDF - 3.2 MB); Q & A (PDF - 92 KB)

July 2016

DataSpeak: Utilizing the Title V Information System Data and the Federally Available Data Resource Document Exit Disclaimer
We featured a TVIS website orientation and the FAD resource document.
Transcript (PDF - 241 KB); Slides (PDF - 3.42 MB)

May 2016

Disparities in the Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in Rural Areas of the United States Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
Three ways in which MCH researchers and practitioners are using data and the life course approach.


June 19
Building Better Data Systems to Address Youth Violence and Injury Exit Disclaimer
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) Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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? Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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 Exit Disclaimer
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)

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2017