California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Data User Training Webinars

UCLA CHPR announces two webinars to train the general public and media, legislators, and policymakers on how to use CHIS’ free online data tools  

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UCLA CHPR Communications Team

At the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, we are committed to putting data into the hands of people who need it. The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey, is hosting two data user training webinars to demonstrate how to use CHIS' free online data tools to get data on a wide range of health topics across many sociodemographic factors.

The webinars will be held on Zoom as follows:

CHIS Data User Training Webinar for the General Public

Wednesday, March 10
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)

CHIS Data User Training Webinar for Legislators, Policymakers, and Media

Friday, April 9
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PT

The webinars will feature:


  • AskCHIS™: an online health query system that allows you to search for health statistics on your county, region, and state.
  • AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition™: a GIS search tool for health indicators by ZIP code, city, county, legislative districts, and census tracts. New data and four vulnerability indices at the census tract level released in 2021, including a Preexisting Health Vulnerability Index that captures risk of COVID-19 infection and death due to preexisting health conditions.
  • COVID-19 data dashboards: tools to track COVID-19 and various risk factors across California counties, as well as preliminary monthly estimates from new COVID-19 questions in CHIS 2020, including COVID-19 treatment, personal and financial impacts of the pandemic, and much more.
  • Health Profiles: find quick and easy health statistics on adults and children for your county, region, legislative district, and more.


These trainings are presented by Peggy Toy, director of the Health DATA Program, and Jacob Rosalez, California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data dissemination manager.

We'd love your input! Let us know what health topics you're most interested in learning about (diabetes, COVID-19, food insecurity, racial and ethnic disparities, etc.) at the sessions. Email us at with your topic of interest and the webinar you will be attending.

About the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is one of the nation’s leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. UCLA CHPR improves the public’s health through high quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that informs effective policymaking. UCLA CHPR is the home of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and is part of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. For more information, visit