California Family Health Study

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The California Family Health Study is a research study being conducted by the Population Research Center (PRC) at California State University, Sacramento on behalf of the California Department of Social Services. For this very important study, CDSS is interviewing moms and female caregivers. For some homes, we would also like to talk with children with the mom’s or female caregiver’s help. For other homes, we would also like to talk to teenagers.

For the CFHS study, PRC surveys households with mothers or female caregivers and children (aged 5-17) present in the household. CDSS is interested in California residents’ fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, food security, and improving programs and services throughout the state. Over the last five years, we have spoken with more than 20,000 women in California over the phone.

Information is collected for this study using a telephone survey, which includes: demographics (e.g., age), weight, height, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption and availability, sugary beverage consumption, and a 24-hour dietary recall. Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish.

California Family Health Study: FAQs

How can you join this study?

If you have received a letter from us we will be calling you. If you would like to provide us with the best phone numbers to call, please call us on our toll-free contact number 1-800-321-2194.

Why are you being asked to participate?

You were selected randomly from a list of names in the California Department of Social Services’ database of people who may be eligible for state benefits such as SNAP, Medi-Cal, and other, to represent families in your communities that are similar to yours.

How did we get your address and phone number?

You were selected randomly from a list of names in the California Department of Social Services’ database of people who may be eligible for state benefits such as SNAP, Medi-Cal, and other, to represent families in your communities that are similar to yours.

Is this study confidential?

Yes, your participation in this study is completely confidential. Deciding whether to participate or not will not affect any benefits you receive from the state of California. We will not share your name with any outside organization. Your survey responses will be used for research purposes only. Survey results will be published only as a group, not as individual results. All people working with the data are required to sign a statement of confidentiality regarding all information provided by the people we interview.

How long is the survey?

The survey will take between 15 to 20 minutes.

What does the survey ask?

The survey asks questions about your health behaviors, including activities that you do and what you eat and drink. You have the right to stop at any time or skip questions. Refusing to answer any question will not affect any benefits you or your family may receive either now or in the future.

Who are we?

PRC has been asked by California Department of Social Services to administer the survey. We provide services to assist the state of California in learning about the health and health needs of Californians. You may contact us at 1-800-321-2194 for additional information or to complete the survey.

Who is funding this survey?

This study is being funded by the California Department of Social Services through a grant for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Why are we conducting this survey?

We are conducting this survey to find out whether the programs we are providing are helpful to you, your family, and your community.

What do we do with the collected survey information?

All of the responses to the survey will be placed into one data set. The combined data file will have no identification information included. Once PRC finishes conducting the surveys, the combined data file will be sent to the California Department of Social Services. The information is used to understand the effectiveness of their programs in your community.


Funding Statement

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Us

Julia Tomassilli, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
California State University, Sacramento
Population Research Center
916-278-2080

Sarah Kehl, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator
California Department of Social Services
916-651-6570


If you have been contacted and want to participate, call:
Population Research Center
California State University, Sacramento
916-278-2102
800-321-2194

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Sacramento State2This California Department of Social Services study is being conducted by the Population Research Center (PRC) at Sacramento State.