Health Forecasting at UCLA

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This page provides some basic instructions for generating reports on this site and defining a custom population for use in reporting. 

 

There are three methods for viewing reports: 

  1. Quick Reports allow you to view pre-defined reports using either the default population in the study, or you can use your own custom population.  You do not need to be logged into the site to use Quick Reports, unless you want to use your custom population. View Quick Reports here.

  2. Basic Reports are quick, click-and-point custom charts for a given population. Graphs drawn from each study focus on one topic, such as total medical expenditures, and one category, which include Census year, demographic and health characteristics. Access Basic Reports here.
  3. Advanced Reporting allows you to create your own reports using the default population or your own custom population.  You must be logged into the site to access Advanced Reporting.  If you do not have an account, you can easily create one on the Login page, at no cost to you. Create Advanced Reports.

Table of Contents

Health Forecasting Web Overview

Create user account
Video Tutorial: Create User Account

Quick reports (no login required)
Example: Quick report with pre-defined population

Basic reports (login required)

Advanced reporting (login required)
Example: Modeling CHD incidence trends in the future
Video Tutorial: Using Advanced Reporting

Creating a User-Defined Population
Video Tutorial: Defining A Custom Population

 

    Suggested Citation

 

Tutorials on Specific Studies (Please note: these may not apply to you.)

Placer Study tutorial pdf

 

 


 

Health Forecasting Web Overview

Health Forecasting aims to improve population health and reduce disparities through the development and communication of sound, credible forecasts of how the future health of populations and sub-populations can be improved by implementing effective evidence-based public health policies and programmatic interventions.

Create a user account for full access

Users with an account have full access to all the features of the Health Forecasting tools and charts, including defining a new population and advanced reporting capabilities.

Registration is quick and free. Use this link to the login page: http://www.health-forecasting.org/login.aspx, and then click the Create an Account link, enter your email address, then enter your information in the Sign Up page (shown below).
User Profile instructions

 


 

Quick Reports (no login required)

http://www.health-forecasting.org/Model/RptQuick.aspx

Logging into the site is not required to access the simple features and information of the Health Forecasting website. The Quick Reports are a set of pre-defined reports based on the population of California that you may view without being logged in to the site. You can access them from the Get Started Menu item. When the Quick Reports page opens, select the Study of interest to you from the Study drop down list, and then click on the icon for the Quick Report you wish to view.

 

The Site Administrator makes the studies and reports available on the site.  If you do not see what you need, please send an email to info@health-forecasting.org.
Quick Reports page screenshot

 


 

Example: Quick Report utilizing pre-defined populations

If you are logged in to the site, you can select one of your custom populations from the Population drop down list before viewing a Quick Report.
Quick Reports page screenshot, showing Population list

 


 

Basic Reports (login required)

http://www.health-forecasting.org/Model/RptBas.aspx

Registered users can access the Basic Reports, which are quick, click-and-point custom charts for a given population. Graphs drawn from each study focus on one topic, such as total medical expenditures, and one category, which include Census year, demographic and health characteristics.

 


 

Advanced Reporting (login required)

http://www.health-forecasting.org/Model/RptAdv.aspx

Registered users have the option to generate visual charts of population statistics broken down by demographics (age, ethnicity, gender), behaviors (physical activity, BMI), and outcomes (i.e. rates of mortality and coronary heart disease, medical expenditures). This page gives you the control for what data to include and how the chart should look, but it is only available to logged in users. Please create a user account to access this page.

 

You can access them from the Get Started Menu item once you are logged in. When the Advanced Reporting page opens, use the controls along the left side of the page to make your selections for reporting. See the screenshot below for more descriptions of these controls. In addition, there is a video tutorial for using this page. Click the link in the Table of Contents.

Advanced Reporting screenshot

 


 

Example: Modeling CHD incidence trends in the future


 


 

Creating a user-defined population

http://www.health-forecasting.org/Model/DefPop.aspx


Logged in users may define their own populations that are a subset of California. You can access this page from the Get Started menu once you are logged in.  To add a new population, select the "*Add New" option from the Population drop down list, enter your population name and the population size. Decide whether to enter your population in actual numbers of people or in percentages and choose the appropriate radio button. In addition, select the checkboxes for the demographics of your population (age, ethnicity, and gender).

You can choose to enter your population by any one or all of these demographics. If you leave any one unchecked, the tool will automatically use the state of California's population demographics for modeling that particular demographic.

After entering all the data in this panel, click the Save icon. A grid will appear for you to enter the population data by the demographic attributes you selected. After entering data in the grid, click the Save icon again.

This new population will then be available on both the Quick Reports and Advanced Reporting pages for use and analysis.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Citation

Health Forecasting- Center for Health Advancement, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. [Study name, Forecast Years] (Year study published). Los Angeles, California: [“Title of Chart”]. Text and supporting materials are published at: www.health-forecasting.org

 

Example citation:

Health Forecasting- Center for Health Advancement, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Community Benefits Study, 2010-2030 (2012). Los Angeles, California: “Obesity Prevalence among adults 18+ in Los Angeles County”. Text and supporting materials are published at: www.health-forecasting.org

 


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