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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034

Data Sources - Adolescent Health

adolescents, teens 

The Los Angeles County Health Survey is a population based telephone survey that provides information concerning the health of adult Los Angeles County residents. The data are used for assessing health-related needs of the population, for program planning and policy development, and for program evaluation. The relatively large sample size allows users to obtain health indicator data for large demographic subgroups and across geographic regions of the County, including Service Planning Areas and Health Districts.
L.A. HealthDataNow! is the query system of the L.A. County Health Survey that helps to generate customized data tables.
CHIS is the nation's largest state health survey. CHIS is a random-dial telephone survey conducted on a continuous basis and covering a wide range of health topics. CHIS gives a detailed picture of the health and health care needs of California's large and diverse population. Data is provided on State and County level.
Healthy City provides data and mapping tools to help in building a better community. Customized maps of California counties including L.A. county can be generated using user uploaded data.

Choices for Youth is a public education campaign funded by a grant to i.e. communications, LLC from The California Wellness Foundation. The goal of the public education campaign is to develop and implement a public education campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders and the general public about the need to increase resources for youth violence prevention.

Kidsdata.org is  a  gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California. The site offers data for every city, county, and school district in the state, making it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities.

The Health Information and Research Section (HIRS) is responsible for stewardship and distribution of vital statistics data (births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriage) and provides written reports and data tables analyzing these data. HIRS also assesses California's progress toward Healthy People health indicators and coordinates the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) for the Departments of Public Health and Health Care Services.

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.  Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. It assesses health risks, specifically relating to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use; school violence; physical health; resilience and youth development; and school climate.
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) was created to provide the State with an enhanced understanding of the structure and function of its healthcare delivery systems. The Mission of OSHPD is to promote healthcare accessibility through leadership in analyzing California's healthcare infrastructure, promoting a diverse and competent healthcare workforce, providing information about healthcare outcomes, assuring the safety of buildings used in providing healthcare, insuring loans to encourage the development of healthcare facilities, and facilitating development of sustained capacity for communities to address local healthcare issues. The Health Care Information Division provides hospital data including patient discharge and financial data.
California Department of Education presents data collected from California schools and learning support resources to identify trends and educational needs and to measure performance.
Research and Analytical Studies Branch of CDHCS compiles official statistics and undertakes analytical studies that inform policy and assist DHCS in achieving its mission and goals. The data presented mainly focused on Medi-Cal services and includes section related to Women's Health.

The California Attorney General has the duty to collect, analyze, and report statistical data, which provide valid measures of crime and the criminal justice process to government and the citizens of California. The site contains statistical tables, reports, publications, links to federal, state, and local agency statistics, and links to other criminal statistics services.

OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health. The site presents data reports on risks posed by hazardous substances.
The Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance is designated as the single official source of demographic data for state planning and budgeting.
The California Obesity Prevention Program (COPP) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that works to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent obesity among all Californians. The website contains links to various obesity related data sources.
The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults0 in the United States.
The mission of the Data Resource Center (DRC) is to take the voices of parents, gathered through the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN), and share the results through this free online resource. Easy access to children's health data allows researchers, policymakers, family advocates and consumers to work together to promote a higher quality health care system for children, youth and families.
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is a national and state-by-state effort to track that status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
Child Trends examines sexual activity, contraceptive use, and fertility, focusing particularly on teens and young adults, to help program providers and policy makers develop strategies for preventing unintended pregnancies, nonmarital births, and sexually transmitted infections.
The National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC) was established in 1993 with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is based within the University of California, San Francisco's Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Institute for Health Policy Studies. The overall goal of NAHIC is to improve the health of adolescents by serving as a national resource for adolescent health information and research and to assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information.
The mission of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing teen pregnancy. The Campaign's goal is to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy by one-third between 1996 and 2005
The purpose of the William T. Grant Foundation is to further the understanding of human behavior through research. The Foundation’s mission focuses on improving the lives of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States.  The foundation invests primarily in high quality empirical studies.  Its Current Research Priorities are understanding and improving social settings such as families, schools, peer groups, and organizations, and how these social settings affect youth.  Its  Priorities also focus on the use and influence of scientific evidence in policy and practice.  To a more limited extent, the Foundation supports capacity-building, communication, and youth service activities.
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) supports surveillance of youth risk behaviors and school health policies and practices and hosts related data on its website.
The US Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. The latest National Census data is made available on this site.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC) promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.
The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
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