Webinar: California Health Interview Survey

January 20, 2022
12:15 - 1:15pm

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the largest state health survey in the nation. It is a critical data source for researchers, policy makers, media, and others to better understand the health of Californians. In this webinar, Todd Hughes, Director, California Health Interview Survey, will provide an overview of CHIS and discuss how the resource can be leveraged to meet the distinct needs of data users.

Webinar attendees will learn how:

  • California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) provides useful and timely information on the health, health care needs, health behaviors, and social determinants of health, for California’s large and diverse population.
  • 2020 CHIS survey results provide insights on obesity, chronic disease, dental disease and changes in healthy eating/living behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CHIS data dissemination tools can be customized to explore the data for various geographic areas, racial/ethnic groups, and other subpopulations, according to the diverse needs of CHIS data users.


Presenter: Todd Hughes, Director, California Health Interview Survey

Todd Hughes is the director of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  The CHIS is the nation's largest ongoing state health survey and it provides a detailed picture of the health and health care needs of California’s large and diverse population. In his role as director, Hughes oversees all operations of the CHIS, including sample design, questionnaire development, data collection, data dissemination, and management of all project deliverables.

Hughes previously developed his expertise in survey research during 20 years of federal service at the U.S. Census Bureau, managing various household surveys. He served many years as the assistant division chief of the American Community Survey (ACS), where he directed the survey’s operations collecting data from 3.5 million households each year, with an annual program budget of up to $250 million, and also led key methodological improvements in questionnaire design and data collection.

Hughes holds a master's certificate in project management from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and a bachelor of science in statistics from Brigham Young University. 

Webinar: California Health Interview Survey

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