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 AskCHIS June Workshops

 

Become more informed about the health in your community by registering for our AskCHIS workshops!

AskCHIS Advanced: Learn how to enhance analysis and export results
Date: June 24, 2014
Time: 10 am – 12pm
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AskCHIS In-Person (Fresno): Learn fundamentals, enhance analysis and network with community partners
Date: June 26, 2014
Time: 9 am – 2pm
 

 Contact Us

 

For additional information on trainings, material or resources, contact the Health DATA staff.

By email:
hdp@ucla.edu

By telephone:
310-794-0983​

En Español

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Health DATA Program?

Who funds Health DATA?

What is Health DATA Training?

Who is it for?

What are the benefits of the program?

How is the training done?

How long is the training time?

Can you customize the training to address a specific health issue?

Do you offer workshops in languages other than English?

What kind of technical assistance is available from Health DATA?

Who will provide the technical assistance?

How do I get technical assistance?

How often can I ask for technical assistance?

How long will it take to get a response?

What if I attended the Health DATA Workshop but require specific training?

What does the training cost?

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What is the Health DATA Program?

Health DATA is a major public service program of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to use health research data to address vital public health issues and to advance public health policy.

The program trains and provides technical assistance to community, service, and advocacy organizations to improve their capacity to find, understand, and present credible data in their programmatic and policy development work—whether it is to get a specific issue on the agenda, raise public awareness or to advocate for public policies that benefit their community

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Who funds Health DATA?

The Health DATA Program is supported through grants, charitable gifts, and fees for service. The California Endowment has been a generous supporter of the program. Other funding support has been received from the Community Technology Foundation of California, UCLA in LA Community Partnerships Grant Program, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region.

 


What is Health DATA Training?

Health DATA training programs consists of basic and advanced topics on how to understand, access and apply health research data. For a full description of the learning objectives of each of Health DATA's training programs go to the Training Programs section.

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Who is it for?

Program participants reflect a broad range of health interests and represent a diversity of public health and advocacy professionals, including:

  • Policy advocates
  • Executive directors
  • Program directors
  • Health educators
  • Fundraising and development staff
  • Other staff and volunteers

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What are the benefits of the program?

Past participants have used their training to apply sound health research data to:
Present convincing policy proposals;
Implement useful and informative needs assessments;
Complete successful funding applications; and
Build the capacity of organizations and coalitions to address community health issues.

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How is the training done?

Depending on the needs of your organization, the training may incorporate games, role-play exercises and lectures to help participants build skills necessary to understand, access and present health research data in their work.

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How long is the training time?

Health DATA Workshops requires approximately six hours of instruction. The scheduling of the training may be modified to meet the specific needs of participating organizations.

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Can you customize the training to address a specific health issue?

Each workshop is customized to include health and social data relevant to the work of workshop participants.

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Do you offer workshops in languages other than English?

Health DATA currently offers these workshops in Spanish: Introduction to Health Data, Performing a Community Assessment, and Media Advocacy to Advance Public Health Policy. We will work with organizations wishing to translate workshop presentations and materials. Contact the Health DATA program at hdp@ucla.edu or call 310-794-0983 for more information.

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What kind of technical assistance is available from Health DATA?

We provide technical assistance for the following:
Customizing data estimates from existing surveys/studies currently maintained by the Center, such as the California Health Information Survey (CHIS), the Current Population Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and selected others
Advising on effective data presentation strategies
Discussing data collection designs such as questionnaires, focus groups and surveys
Answering questions on the quality of data presented in a particular survey/study

We cannot provide assistance for:
Designing studies
Designing surveys and questionnaires
Converting data from one kind of system to another

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Who will provide the technical assistance?

The Health DATA staff will provide answers to your technical assistance requests or will coordinate your request with the appropriate member of our senior research and program staff at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Our researchers have expertise in access to health insurance and health services, managed care, health care reform, health of the elderly, women’s health, health of racial and ethnic minorities, health of immigrants, health promotion and disease prevention, environmental health, and costs of health care.

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How do I get technical assistance?

Technical assistance can be provided by phone or email, or on-site for small groups. You can request technical assistance by contacting Health DATA by telephone (310) 794-0983 or by email at hdp@ucla.edu.

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How often can I ask for technical assistance?

You are welcome to contact us for technical assistance as often as you like. We are generally available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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How long will it take to get a response?

Most requests may be fulfilled within a few days. Requests are answered in the order they are received.

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What if I attended the Health DATA workshop but require specific training?

The staff at Health DATA conducts workshops on topics such as collecting your own data, measuring and comparing costs, applying health research data to needs assessment and program development, asset mapping, using online data query systems, and data presentation techniques. If your organization requires customized training, we will be happy to discuss how Health DATA can provide training to meet your needs. Please contact us for more information at hdp@ucla.edu or call 310-794-0983.

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What does the training cost?

Most Health DATA training programs are supported through grants and may be offered at no cost to community based organizations. Customized training and technical assistance is available on a fee for service basis. Please contact us at hdp@ucla.edu or call 310-794-0658 if you are interested in scheduling a workshop or to discuss the cost of training.