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Colorado’s Approach to Using Adolescent Data. Barbara Ritchen, Director Child, Adolescent and School Health Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Overview. History - Adolescent Health in Colorado Advisory Council Adolescent Health Reports Sources of Data

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colorado s approach to using adolescent data
Colorado’s Approach to Using Adolescent Data

Barbara Ritchen, Director

Child, Adolescent and School Health Section

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

  • History - Adolescent Health in Colorado
  • Advisory Council
  • Adolescent Health Reports
  • Sources of Data
  • Uses of Reports - Policy, Programs
  • Colorado convened a task force on adolescent health
  • Task Force created a report--Adolescent Health in Colorado: Status, Implications, & Strategies for Action
advisory council on adolescent health acah
Advisory Council on Adolescent Health (ACAH)
  • Subsequently the Executive Director of the State Health Department commissioned the Advisory Council on Adolescent Health (1982)
  • The ACAH is an interdisciplinary group of adolescent health experts and community advocates who advise the CDPHE; educate and inform the public; and advocate for policies and programs to improve the health and well being of all Colorado adolescents.
why is this important
Why is this important?
  • It’s important because ACAH works with CDPHE to develop and disseminate a report on the status of adolescent health every 4-5 years (since 1982).
colorado adolescent health reports
Colorado Adolescent Health Reports:
  • 1982
  • 1986
  • 1990 (data update only)
  • 1992
  • 1997
  • 2002 - planned
purpose of reports
Purpose of Reports
  • Purpose #1 -
  • To provide information on the scope, nature and causes of the major health problems facing adolescents
purpose 2
Purpose #2
  • To identify and analyze the implications of the positive and negative trends in the health status of adolescents
purpose 3
Purpose #3
  • To disseminate new information about strategies that have proven effective in preventing and reducing teen health problems
purpose 4
Purpose #4
  • To mobilize families, schools, the nonprofit sector, health care providers, media, business, the legislature, and adolescents themselves to take action to improve the health status of teens
purpose 5
Purpose #5
  • To focus on several vulnerable populations (e.g. homeless youth, gay and lesbian youth, youth with special health care needs) where groupings of behaviors or barriers to well-being often have health-compromising consequences
sources of data
Sources of Data
  • Health statistics/vital records
  • Other agency data sets
    • Dept of Ed - drop out/completion
    • Human Services - child abuse, teens in need of mental health services
    • Department of transportation - alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths
other data sources
Other Data Sources
  • Health Care Policy and Financing
    • Teens eligible for & using Medicaid
    • Teens enrolled in SCHIP
youth risk behavior survey
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • History - formerly conducted by Department of Education
  • When Dept of Ed decided to discontinue, CDPHE stepped forward (1998-99)
yrbs cont
YRBS (cont.)
  • After much discussion, a lengthy approval process, and lots of advocacy, CDPHE conducted the 1999 YRBS
  • Added “Assets” questions from Search Institute “Profiles of Student Life”
what do we do with the data
What Do We Do With the Data?
  • Use it to set and monitor progress on state-specific objectives
    • MCH Performance Measures
    • State-specific 2010 adolescent objectives
    • Common benchmarks for prevention programs
use of data
Use of Data
  • Use to create funding priorities
    • CDPHE $ (MCH, Preventive Block Grant, tobacco settlement, suicide prevention, injury prevention, etc.)
    • Influence private sector funding
    • Influence local spending
use of data19
Use of Data
  • To create model for local needs assessment and action
  • To serve as a catalyst for local action
  • To identify roles of potential partners
use of data20
Use of Data
  • Stimulus for state and local policy development
    • School board policy related to health education and school-based health centers
    • Local tobacco control policy
uses of data
Uses of Data
  • Grant writing (state and local)
  • Presentations
    • Professional organizations
    • Health care providers
    • Parent groups
    • Students
    • School boards
use information for legislators
Use - Information for legislators
  • Suicide prevention
  • Graduated Licensing
  • Comprehensive health education
  • Seatbelt legislation
  • Tobacco - sale to minors and use on school property
data uses
Data Uses
  • SCHIP Policy development
    • Data documenting needs, access to care issues, helped justify benefit package
  • Advocacy
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Data Uses
  • Local data used as basis for new MCH planning process following new funding methodology
  • Good data with:
    • Compelling presentation
    • Wide dissemination
    • Advocacy

= Strong policy & program development