|The 140th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association is just around the corner! This year's theme brings attention to prevention and wellness across the life span, a national priority for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. In this issue, the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) highlights data from the national surveys relevant to implementing a life course approach for children--the timeline of their lives; the timing of their experiences; their physical, psychosocial and cultural environments; and issues of equity.|
|Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span
A focus on prevention and health across the life course focuses on the experiences of children and how experiences at every age--from preconception to adulthood--are inextricably tied to the development of their health, well-being, and success. The DRC Web site contains point and click data from the National Survey of Children's Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs that map to key concepts embedded in the life course perspective, which promote a whole child approach to health over the life span.
Risk and protective factors accumulate over the life course. For example, as seen in the 2009/10 NS-CSHCN, it is important to know that children are more likely to be identified with special health care needs as they age--CSHCN status varies by age from 9.3% among children 0-5 years to 18.4% among children 12-17 years.
3 in 5 youth and children with special health care did not receive the services necessary to make appropriate transitions to adult health care, work, and independence. This is a critical juncture and missed opportunity for preventing the further onset of adult chronic conditions.
4 in 5 young children did not receive age-appropriate screening for developmental, behavioral, and social risks and delays, leading to missed opportunities for early intervention and advancing school readiness.
Nationally, only 28.5% of children experienced each of a core set of protective home environment measures, based on exposure to household smoking, sharing meals with family members, an appropriate amount of time watching TV, and other, key home-centered variables. For those who received care within a medical home, 34.1% experienced a protective home environment.
51% of children met a neighborhood and school summary measure. These children live in safe and supportive neighborhoods and attend safe schools. 58.3% of children that received care within a medical home met the neighborhood and school summary index compared to 42.2% of children without a medical home.
The DRC Web site allows you to examine numerous disparities on key measures of child health with a simple point and click. Here is a glance at what you will find:
- Children living in poverty are 13 times more likely to never feel safe in school compared with children from more affluent families.
- The more functional difficulties a child with special health care needs faces the less likely she or he is to receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home.
- 38.5% of Hispanic children receive care within a medical home compared to 68% of White children.
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The 2011 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)
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