Social media campaign tackles food insecurity in state

[ Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_Logo_80pxCalifornia grows 90 percent of the nation’s produce, but more than 3.7 million adults in the state experienced food insecurity in 2009, according to a story in, which cited  California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data. The extent of hunger sparked a social media campaign to feed the state’s hungry.

Read the story.

Health Data Workshop Tomorrow in Fresno! Power up your program planning using AskCHIS

[ Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Guest Presentation by Dr. May Aydin, CHIS Research and Survey Support Manager

ask_chisToday is the last day to register for the June 26 health data workshop held at DeVry University Fresno Campus in Fresno.   Community members, students,  and other interested professionals are invited to  receive health statistics through AskCHIS the free, easy online tool to search for data from the California Health Interview Survey.  To help you use AskCHIS, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health DATA Program is offering a free training on June 26 facilitated by Ashley Parks. Parks will demonstrate a broad use of CHIS and will help participants understand how to find, analyze, and export the data.  Additionally participants will learn how to work with multiple CHIS variables, generate bivariate tables and export data tables and graphs.  A guest presentation will also be provided by Dr. May Aydin who will provide an in-depth look into using CHIS as a data tool and will provide examples to demonstrate the impact of the data in research, policy and planning. Register now. (more…)

Advanced AskCHIS class: accessing and using LGB data

[ Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]



Sharpen your analysis of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) health topics using LGB data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) in an advanced AskCHIS online class today from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Center’s Ashley Parks will lead the free online course, and Kate Burch, network director of the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network, will be guest speaker. Burch has used CHIS data in her work writing grants and commenting on legislation. CHIS is a unique source of data on sexual minorities and a model for LGB data in federal health care reform.

The course is geared toward health advocates, researchers, and others working on LGB health issues who are looking for data to support their work. Once accessed, the data can be exported in visual form as tables and graphs.

Register for the online workshop.

Study: Immigrant children and early reading with parents

[ Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_Logo_80pxYoung children in immigrant Hispanic or Asian families may be less ready to start school due to a lack of “book sharing” — reading or looking at picture books — with their parents, according to a Reuters story. The story is based on a Stanford University study by Fernando S. Mendoza, CHIS child Technical Advisory Committee Chair, and used California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data on reading from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

The story said more than two-thirds of parents in English-speaking homes reported daily book sharing, compared to half of parents in non-English-speaking households.

“Early reading enlarges vocabulary and becomes a tool for many other kinds of learning later on in school.” Mendoza said.

Read the story.

Wallace discusses the Elder Index in Bay Area

[ Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Steve Wallace, associate Center director, will speak today at the East Bay Foundation on Aging in San Francisco about how public programs and policy analysis continue to use an outdated measure of poverty, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which he says underestimates the economic needs of vulnerable seniors.

Read about an alternative to the FPL, the Elder Index.

Health and minimum wage in California

[ Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_Logo_80pxAccording to a ScienceBlogs article, a study that cited California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data said that raising the state’s minimum wage to $13 would prevent an estimated 389 premature deaths of low-income Californians a year.

Human Impact Partners and the Health Officers Association of California released the study Health Impacts of Raising California’s Minimum Wage in May regarding proposed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017.

Read the article.

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