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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Office of Epidemiology and Research
Division of Research

Engaging Research Innovations and Challenges (EnRICH) Webinar Series

The EnRICH webinar series provides a national forum for researchers and practitioners to disseminate innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in applied and translational maternal and child health research and practice. Each event features one or more speakers who are experts in the field.

Topic: Sources and Utilization of Secondary Data for MCH Research

Monday, May 6, 2019
2:00 - 3:00PM ET

Learning Objectives

Emerging public health challenges require timely, multidimensional and evidence-based responses from Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, policy, and practice. Without sufficient data, it is difficult to address key and emerging MCH issues. The HRSA/MCHB R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research program (MCH SDAR) funds studies using existing publicly available, national datasets to examine new research questions and test new hypotheses with the potential for intervention.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Identify data sources for MCH and health services research;

  • Explore the strengths and weakness of utilizing secondary datasets in MCH research; and

  • Learn how to access and utilize HRSA’s Uniform Data System (UDS) and other surveillance data for MCH research.


Russell S. Kirby

Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE is a Distinguished University Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health. He is a perinatal/MCH epidemiologist with training in human geography and preventive medicine-epidemiology. Over an almost 40 year career, he has worked in state health agencies (Wisconsin, Arkansas), academic medicine (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin Medical School), and public health focusing on MCH (University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of South Florida). Dr. Kirby focuses on population-based research, and has worked with most secondary data sources for MCH available at the state and national level, with a strong interest in research that informs state and local public health practice.

Alek Sripipatana

Alek Sripipatana, PhD, MPH is the Director for Data and Evaluation Division at HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care in the Office of Quality Improvement. His division oversees the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s primary data collection strategies, research and evaluative studies, and data dissemination on all HRSA-supported health centers across the country, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Prior to joining HRSA, Alek was the Project Director for the UCLA Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network and Assistant Director of the UCLA-Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Sripipatana completed his PhD from the UCLA School of Public Health and is a former W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Policy Research.


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