The Family Data Center continues work that originated in 2014 for the Florida Office of Early Learning on the Early Care and Education Needs Assessment (ECENA) Data Dashboard. The ECENA data portal is a platform that aggregates and visualizes information about demand (children and families) and supply (capacity and quality of early childhood providers) to support informed decisions for Florida’s preschool population. The result of the ECENA data portal is that stakeholders can identify both well-served and under-served areas at multiple geographic levels, including ZIP codes, counties, early learning coalitions, and statewide.
The Family Data Center (FDC) is under contract with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to produce an annual paper report and a web portal related to maternal and child health status indicators (HSI). FDC acquires, manages, and analyzes statewide data sets in order to provide descriptive statistics for 38 indicators to policy and legislative decision makers at the State and County levels. The reports illustrate five year HSI data trends when available and are published on the FDC website. All paper and electronic reports present de-identified and aggregated level data. The Web-portal is password protected and only available to AHCA and Department of Health designated users
The University of Florida Department of Health Outcomes and Policy (HOP) in partnership with Florida State University (FSU) is entered a contract with the Bureau of Quality at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA, to evaluate the Florida Medicaid Family Planning Waiver (FPW) program. The evaluation includes conducting analyses of family planning services utilization and pregnancy/birth costs by women who are eligible to participate in the program. The evaluation involves assessing the FPW program’s performance in meeting four objectives:
- Increase access to Family Planning Services
- Increase child spacing intervals through effective contraceptive use
- Reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in FL
- Reduce the Florida Medicaid Costs by reducing the number of unintended pregnancies by women who would be eligible for Medicaid pregnancy-related services. As a result, of the evaluation both AHCA and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) will gain access to up-to-date information on how (and whether) the FPW program is meeting its four objectives
The March of Dimes is leading the Prematurity Campaign to reduce the nation’s preterm birth rate to 9.6% by 2020. The Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes is leading these efforts within the state of Florida where the preterm birth rate is 13.6%, among the highest in the United Sates. (March of Dimes, 2015). To help guide resources and prevention strategies to communities where preterm birth rates are most severe, the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes is contracting with the Family Data Center (FDC) at the University of Florida to develop custom Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps.
These maps will identify areas in Florida with clusters of premature births in 2011-2015, also known as “hot spots,” for all Florida Counties. The Florida Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Vital Statistics, will provide UF with the geocoded birth data needed to develop the premature birth density surfaces.