2016 NSCH Announcement: The Moment You Have All Been Waiting For!

For the past few months, the most common question we received at the Data Resource Center (DRC) was “When will the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health downloadable dataset be released?”
After several months of behind-the-scenes hard work and endurance, we FINALLY have a release date! We plan to have this dataset, along with its codebook, available for online request by February 10, 2018 , just in time for the AMCHP 2018 meeting. To share the news, check our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for our “dataset release celebration” and to get updates about the release. The new data request form will be available in an online updated format where “2016 NSCH” will be an option. This data is available in SAS, SPSS, STATA, and CSV. To learn more about how to register and request data, please visit our website’s Request a Dataset page.
We would love to thank everyone for their patience because we truly could not do this without you. We can’t wait to see how you use your data to tell your story.
Resources for the 2016 NSCH

In conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, data from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) is now available through the DRC, and going forward, the survey will be administered every year! With the new 2016 NSCH data available on the DRC’s interactive data query and as a downloadable dataset, it's important to understand content & methodology changes from past surveys and to be able to access additional important information. The Data Resource Center provides several resources that cover topics including how the new NSCH has changed from past surveys, how the data was collected, and an overview of topics and questions. These include:

· The Guide to Topics and Questions breaks down the survey into sections and provides the full text of the questions and its response options. It also provides the variable name of the survey's questions in the public use data file.
· The 2016 NSCH Fast Facts provides a short and simple overview of the survey, with the major points you need to know to understand and analyze the new survey.
· The Sampling and Survey Administration Overview illustrates how the survey was administered using an easy-to-follow flowchart. It also contains method and sampling notes.
· Changes to NPMs and NOMs compares the measures and the content changes from the 2011/12 NSCH & 2009/10 NS-CSHCN. It also notes that the 2016 NSCH data cannot be compared to prior NSCH data due to changes in the survey design.
· Full Questionnaires in English and Spanish are informational copies of the surveys that were administered by the Census Bureau in the same format that survey participants received.
Come Say 'Hello' to Us at AMCHP 2018 in Arlington, VA —Booth #6!
We're kicking off 2018 strong by attending the AMCHP 2018 Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA happening February 10-13! Have you only interacted with us through a computer screen? Come say 'hello' to our team to learn more about the resources and data we offer through the CAHMI, including how to access the newly released 2016 National Survey of Children's Health through our interactive data query and downloadable dataset . Our full schedule of presentation and posters can be found below. We look forward to seeing you in Arlington!
Our Scheduled Presentations and Posters:

·          Saturday, February 10, 1:30pm-4:30pm —B5, Advancing MCH Performance and Outcomes: A New Title V Portal on the Data Resource Center to Help You Make the Most of the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health and Other Data-n-Action Resources (Presentation, Registration Required!)
·          Sunday, February 11, 2pm-4:45pm —Group A, Narrowing Gaps in MCH Measurement: Learn About the MCH Measurement Research Network’s National Agenda and resources to Access Existing Measures and Drive Improvements in MCH Measurement (Poster)
·          Monday, February 12, 4:30pm-5:30pm —H1, Real Engagement for Real Improvement: Resources to Engage Families and Community Partners to Improve Services to Promote Health of Young Children and Families: A Case Study from Help Me Grow! (Presentation)
For a full description of each presentation and poster, please visit the AMCHP 2018 Website .
Expanding Possibilities for Family Engagement!

We are still continuing our partnership with the Help Me Grow National Center to implement the Well-Visit Planner in 6 HMG Affiliate Sites, and are excited to have families engaging in this innovation! 

Additionally, February 1 marked the kick-off for the project Engaging Families to Improve the Quality and Outcomes of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN): A Planning Tool for Pediatric Care. The project – funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network, in which we will be developing and testing a data-driven family engagement and care planning tool that supports improvement in quality of care and health outcomes for CSHCN.  
Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network Makes Progress

The MCH-Measurement Research Network (MCH-MRN) is an interdisciplinary, virtual collaborative network of experts who represent the MCH lifespan and who are active in the measurement of health and wellbeing of MCH populations. To learn more about MCH-MRN, check out our overview page . To join the conversation, email us at info@cahmi.org!
Data In Action

Resources from the DRC are being used in so many ways. Check out this article that explores the mis-screening of CSHCN, specifically in California. Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative is Mentioned.

by Jocelyn Wiener

Have you used our data before, whether it’s through publishing, policy, news articles, etc.? We would love to hear! Email us at info@cahmi.org and tell us about your data, your story.
Meet Our New CAHMI Team Members!

Ramona Poblete , CAHMI’s new Research Assistant , graduated from Loyola University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. She has previous experience working in non-profit development, community programming (specifically in Baltimore City), and empowering her community to be leaders for change. In the future Ms. Poblete plans on obtaining an MPH that incorporates her passion for health equity and community organizing. In her spare time, she plays soccer, creates graphic design for the 29 th St Community Center in Baltimore, and loves to hang out at the local coffee shops.

Rachel Edwards , CAHMI’s new Administrative Coordinator , joins us after 8 years in the non-profit sector where she worked on projects empowering youth communities through STEM programming. A native Detroiter, Rachel is an avid Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions fan. She is excited to continue to contribute to a team that helps improve the lives of children.

Natalie Mikat-Stevens , CAHMI's new Research Program Manager , has nearly a decade of experience in MCH, implementing and evaluating public health initiatives. She has worked to improve health outcomes in a variety of settings, ranging from tertiary care centers and federally qualified health centers, to schools and community organizations. Natalie comes to us from the University of Chicago Medicine, where she designed clinical QI interventions. Previously, Natalie served as the Program Manager for the Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI), a cooperative agreement between HRSA-MCHB and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ms. Mikat-Stevens has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a BS in Community Health from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Natalie is excited to explore the Baltimore area with her 10-year old Shitzu, Anabelle.
The CAHMI is a center within the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health