Health Data Training
To assist local public health agencies (LPHAs) and community partners with their health status monitoring and data analysis needs, the Department of Health and Senior Services' (DHSS) Bureau of Health Care Analysis and Data Dissemination (BHCADD) has developed three health data training courses. These courses are designed for administrators, program managers, health educators, program planners, or other staff who need to understand and present data to inform policy or decision making related to priority health issues. Although initially designed for LPHAs, these courses may also be useful to community partners, including universities and colleges, elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and any others who utilize health data. Agencies are encouraged to consider sending more than one staff person to the courses for cross training and shared learning purposes.
Course 1: MOPHIMS: Introduction to Profiles and MICA
This course includes a review of the basic statistics used in the Community Data Profiles and MICA (Missouri Information for Community Assessment), as well as hands-on demonstrations of the trend line, graphing, download, and other features. Multiple exercises allow participants to practice the skills covered. (This course was first offered in 2009 as Community Health Assessment and Intervention Planning and from 2010-2017 as Introduction to Profiles and MICA.)
Course 2: MOPHIMS: Health Data Analysis
The Health Data Analysis course demonstrates Priorities MICA and explains the process of using Profiles and MICA data to generate other statistics, such as percentage change and years of potential life lost. This course will highlight many of the new features included in the MOPHIMS platform. It also provides communication strategies and examples of how to clearly communicate health data through a variety of presentation formats, such as tables, charts, maps, and narrative. These strategies can be applied to grant proposals, health assessments, newsletters, health education materials, presentations, and other publications. During class, instructors will guide participants through creation of a sample community health assessment document. (This course was developed based on feedback received from participants in the 2009 introductory course and was offered from 2010-2017 as Health Data Analysis.)
- Prerequisite: Introduction to Profiles
The BHCADD can also provide shorter trainings upon request, depending on staff availability, funding, and workload. Often these presentations are requested as segments of other trainings or meetings and can be tailored to the needs of the audience. Depending on the topic, we may be able to present material as a webinar.
All registrations will be processed on a first come, first-served basis. Registration deadlines are listed with each session below. Course hours are generally 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. but may be altered due to restrictions at specific locations. You will receive a confirmation appointment for your calendar within 5-7 business days of the date your registration form is submitted. The week prior to the course date, all registrants will receive an e-mail which will provide directions to the training site, information about parking, and any alterations to the course hours.
Seating is limited in each session so you are encouraged to register as early as possible to secure your preferred location. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.
Sessions are contingent upon an adequate number of registrants. We reserve the right to cancel sessions due to lack of enrollment as of the registration deadline for each session. If a course is canceled, you will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the training date.
How to Register
A registration link will be posted above when new sessions are scheduled.
- If you have taken a course in the past BHCADD staff encourages you to re-enroll. The new MOPHIMS platform differs substantially from the previous version and a refresher would be beneficial for users.
- Completion of Course 1 is required prior to attendance at Course 2. Each subsequent course builds upon material from the earlier course(s).
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts mileage reimbursement is no longer available for course participants. Lodging costs are the responsibility of the attending organization.
All meal costs are the responsibility of the attending organization.
If you will require any special accommodations during the trainings, describe them in the appropriate area of the registration survey. We will do our best to accommodate any special needs you may have, but make us aware of those needs PRIOR to the training day. Many of these trainings are not held in DHSS facilities, and we may need to consult with the building manager in order to assist you (e.g., to reserve a lactation room).
Parking and facility information will be sent with your final confirmation, approximately one week prior to the training. We usually have no control over the room temperature, so we advise you to wear layers and bring a jacket or sweater.
Subscribe to the MOPHIMS User Group Mailing List
By subscribing to our mailing list, you will receive an e-mail whenever training sessions are scheduled in your area. You will also receive a quarterly newsletter which contains information on new features and data updates, interviews with public health professionals, answers to questions submitted by MOPHIMS users, and practice exercises. To subscribe, send your name, position title, organization name, and e-mail address to MOPHIMSUserGroup@health.mo.gov or to the instructors listed below.
If you have any questions about the courses, contact the instructors or MOPHIMSUserGroup@health.mo.gov.