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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health


8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020


TO:
ALL STAKEHOLDERS

SUBJECT:
VITAL STATISTICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (VSAC)
VITAL RECORDS PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING

Due to the Governor Newsom’s recent order, Executive Order N-33-20, regarding COVID-19,
the May 13th, 2020 meeting will be held via teleconference only.

Call-In Number: 888-363-4734
Access Code: 8705728

AGENDA

1. Call to Order and Roll Call 

2. Approval of Minutes - April 8, 2020

3. Information Privacy and Security Requirements Discussion

4. Consent Calendar - Attachment 1

5. Discussion Items - New Business - Attachment 2

6. Informational Items
a. State Registrar’s Response to VSAC Recommendations - Attachment 3
b. Recap of Data Requests Approved in the Health Information and Research Section - Attachment 4

7. Public Comment

8. Adjournment

​​VSAC Committee Members (Term)

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD (2020-2023)
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Rebecca Baer, MPH (2019-2022)
Research Data Analyst
University of California, San Diego

Linda Remy, PhD (2019-2021)
Research Director, Family Health Outcomes Project, Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Deborah Karasek, PhD (2020-2023)
University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Krawczyk, PhD (2019-2021)
Chief Analytics Officer
Office of Statewide Planning and Development

Tim-Allen Bruckner, PhD (2019-2022)
Public Health Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine

Melanie Moreno (2020)
Senate Representative
California State Senate

Vacant (2020)
Assembly Health Committee
California State Assembly
​​CDPH Staff

Dana E. Moore, MPH, CPH, Acting Assistant Deputy Director
Center for Health Statistics and Informatics

Tara Naisbitt, Acting Deputy Director
Center for Health Statistics and Informatics


Tony Agurto, MPA, Assistant Deputy Director
Center for Health Statistics and Informatics

Ellen Badley, MHA, Chief
Public Health Policy and Research Branch

Michelle Miles, Chief
Heath Information and Research Section

Jennifer Rico, MA, Science Advisor
Center for Health Statistics and Informatics

Chris Holm, Chief
Data Management Unit



ATTACHMENT 1 - CONSENT CALENDAR:
OFFICE OF STATEWIDE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
(OSHPD) AND CONTINUING RESEARCH DATA REQUESTS
California Cancer Registry (CCR) project:

1. Project Title: Patient Discretion and Decision-Making in Cancer Treatment 
Principal Investigator:  Saurabh Bhargava, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  1988-2015 CCR Variables containing Vital Records Data
Staff Issues Identified: None

2. Project Title:  Linking the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) Registry to the California Vital Statistics, Cancer, and Hospital Patient Discharge Registries to Study Adverse Effects and Survival Following Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Principal Investigator:  Theresa Keegan, PhD, MS, University of California, Davis
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  1991-2016 CCR Variables Containing Vital Records Data
Staff Issues Identified:  Information Privacy and Security Requirements (IPSR) Needed

Continuing research application requesting additional data years:

3. Project Title:  San Diego Study of Outcomes in Mothers and Infants (SOMI)
Principal Investigator:  Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Diego
Project Type:  Continuing
Data Requested:  2018-2021 Birth Data, 2017-2020 Birth Cohort Data, 2018-2021 Death Data, 2018-2021 Fetal Death Data
Staff Issues Identified:  None

4. Project Title: Study on the Association of Uterine Perforation and Intrauterine Device Expulsion with Breastfeeding Status at the Time of Intrauterine Device Insertion and Postpartum Timing of Intrauterine Device Insertion in Electronic Medical Record Databases - A Postmarketing Requirement for Mirena
Principal Investigator: Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Project Type:  Continuing
Data Requested:  2007-2018 Birth Data, 2008-2018 Death Data, 2008-2018 Multiple Causes of Death Data, 2008-2016 Fetal Death Data
Staff Issues Identified:  IPSR Needed

5. Project Title:  Evaluating the Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution on Adverse Birth
Outcomes in Southern California
Principal Investigator:  Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles 
Project Type:  Continuing with changes
Data Requested:  2017-2018 Birth Data
Staff Issues Identified: None

ATTACHMENT 2 – DISCUSSION ITEMS – NEW BUSINESS

The following project was reviewed by the Health Information and Research Section and require VSAC review and recommendation:

1. Project Title:  Investigation of the Causes of Preterm Births among Hmong Mothers Living in the United States of America
Principal Investigator:  Lu Shi, PhD, MA, Clemson University
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  2000-2016 Birth Data
Staff Issues Identified: None

2. Project Title:  Sources of Inequity in Innovation
Principal Investigator:  Na’ama Shenhav, PhD, Dartmouth College
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  1960-2017 Birth Data
Staff Issues Identified: None

3. Project Title:  Quantitative Program Evaluation of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Home Visiting Program (HVP)
Principal Investigator:  Jennifer Rienks, PhD, University of California, San Francisco Family Health Outcomes Project
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  1983-2020 Birth Data, 2018-2020 Death Data, 1983-2020 Fetal Death
Staff Issues Identified:  None

ATTACHMENT 3 – STATE REGISTRAR’S RESPONSE TO VSAC RECOMMENDATIONS

The State Registrar adopted the Consent Calendar projects listed below:

OSHPD projects:

1. Project Title:  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - California Birth Defects Monitoring Program
Principal Investigator:  Valorie Eckert, Genetic Disease Screening Program
Project Type:  Continuing
Data Requested:  2013-2016 Non-Public Patient Discharge Data (PDD), 1991-2004 PDD Linked to Birth Cohort, 2005-2012 Linked PDD/Emergency Department/Ambulatory Surgery Center/Birth Cohort Data
Staff Issues Identified:  None
VSAC Recommendation:  Approved
State Registrar’s Action:  Adopted

California Cancer Registry (CCR) project:

2. Project Title:  Towards Reducing Late Mortality Among 5-Year Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer
Principal Investigator:  Diana Moke, MD, MS, University of Southern California
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  1988-2018 CCR Variables containing Vital Records Data
Staff Issues Identified: None
VSAC Recommendation:  Approved
State Registrar’s Action:  Adopted

3. Project Title:  Project Milestones:  Young Adult Cancer Survivorship
Principal Investigator:  Joel Milam, PhD, University of Southern California
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  2010-2021 CCR Variables containing Vital Records Data
Staff Issues Identified: None
VSAC Recommendation:  Approved
State Registrar’s Action:  Adopted

Continuing research application requesting additional data years:

4. Project Title:  Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Study
Principal Investigator:  Steven Jacobsen, MD, PhD, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute – A Division of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Project Type:  Continuing
Data Requested:  2019-2022 Birth Data, 2016-2022 Fetal Death Data, 2013-2022 Fetal Death Data, 2016-2022 Multiple Cause of Death Data
Staff Issues Identified: None
VSAC Recommendation:  Approved
State Registrar’s Action:  Adopted

New Business project:

5. Project Title:  Monitoring Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in California
Principal Investigator:  Kristen Marchi, University of California, San Francisco Center for Health Equity
Project Type:  New
Data Requested:  2010-2021 Birth Data
Staff Issues Identified: None
VSAC Recommendation:  Approved
State Registrar’s Action:  Adopted
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