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  • Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians --28-MAR-2017 - (Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) USA)  Details

    Toolkit with tools and resources to help pediatricians and health care teams screen for food insecurity, connect families with food and nutrition resources in their communities, and support national and local policies that increase access to adequate healthy food for children and families.

  • March 2017 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP--16-MAR-2017 - (MACPAC USA)  Details

    Report focuses on recommendations on the future of CHIP including funding through 2022, analyses of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments and approaches to raising the minimum eligibility criteria for DSH payments, and reviews how states monitor Medicaid beneficiaries' access to health care.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

Child Health Services Research Data, Tools, and Statistics.

  • AHRQ Kids' Inpatient Database - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    The Kid's Inpatient Database (KID)is produced every 3 years and is a unique and powerful nationwide database of hospital stays for children. It is a sample of pediatric discharges (age 20 or younger at admission) from community, non-rehabilitation hospitals from States participating in HCUP. The KID is the only dataset on hospital use, outcomes, and charges designed to study children's use of hospital services in the United States.

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    Information from the study, which assesses the associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Includes data and statistics, and publications. Details about the study itself are included.

  • All 50 States and D.C. CHIP Fact Sheets - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    These Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) fact sheets provide up-to-date information about CHIP for each state, including data on enrollment, participation rates, eligibility levels, benefits, cost sharing requirements, and other key program characteristics. Fact sheets are available for 2014 and 2016.

  • CAHPS® Item Set for Children with Chronic Conditions - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    CAHPS®, formerly known as the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans, is a research-based survey measurement tool that is widely used for assessing access, communication, and other aspects of the experience of health care. This set of items assesses the experiences of this population with health plans and health care services.

  • Catalyst Center State-at-a-Glance Chartbook Details

    Catalyst Center's Chartbook provides childrens' health indicators at the state level, including health insurance coverage, special health needs, and factors impacting coverage. Users can select states on an individual basis or compare two states.

  • Child Health Care Quality Toolbox - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    This online resource is intended to help state and local policymakers and program directors and staff answer questions about measuring health care performance in child health programs.

  • Child Health USA (2014) - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    Annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children. The report is a compilation of secondary data for many health status indicators, and provides both graphical and textual summaries of data and addresses long-term trends.

  • Child Welfare Enacted Legislation - (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))  Details

    Search legislation by state from 2012 forward. Also available is a link to a separate database of legislation from 2005-2011. Categories include child abuse and neglect, child fatality, and education.

  • Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) - (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI))  Details

    The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) develops and maintains a number of quality measurement tools and strategies that assess the quality of care provided to children and young adults, as well as projects to advance the effective use of data to improve policy and practice.

  • - (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)  Details

    - This Website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.

  • Children of Immigrants Data Tool - (Urban Institute (UI))  Details

    Interactive tool designed to generate charts and tables with indicators on children, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia using data from the American Community Survey.

  • Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool - (School-Based Health Alliance USA)  Details

    Provides county-level GIS information on child health, education, and socioeconomic status, as well as health facilities and school-based health center locations.

  • Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health - (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI))  Details

    National and state-based data on over 100 indicators from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).

  • DiversityDataKids - (Brandeis University, The Heller School U.S.A.)  Details

    This tool allows you to analyze data by race/ethnicity, compare data across states, metropolitan areas, counties, large cities, and large school districts, and compare policy indicators across states.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  Details

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • Healthy Child Development State Resource Center - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    NASHP's Healthy Child Development State Resource Center summarizes policies, tools, and resources to support states in their efforts to foster healthy development among young children by improving developmental screening, referral and care coordination processes.

  • Human Development Report (United Nations) - (United Nations)  Details

    The Human Development Report (HDR) presents a wealth of statistical information on different aspects of human development. Links to other background materials, data resources and on-going debates and discussions on human development statistics.

  • Kids Count Data Book (2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (Annie E. Casey Foundation)  Details

    This report provides an update on the well-being of children in the United States at the federal and state level, including information on poverty, health, education, and family and community.

  • Kidsdata - (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health USA)  Details

    Find data about the health and well being of children in communities across California. allows users to find, customize, and use data on more than 500 measures of child health and well being. Data are available for every county, city, school district, and legislative district in California.

  • MACStats - (MACPAC USA)  Details

    A continually updated repository of statistics on Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and spending, and documents with key aspects of both programs.

  • Measuring America: A Child's Day: At a Glance - (U.S. Census Bureau)  Details

    This infographic outlines the amount of time each day children spend at education and reading, the availability of meals, exercising or participating in a sports activity, or in child care.

  • Medicaid State Fact Sheets - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  Details

    Federal and state fact sheets provide snap shots with current data (as of January 2017) on Medicaid and CHIP coverage, access, and financing.

  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    - The Nation's principal health statistics agency. Looks at outcomes, access, literature synthesis, public reporting, underserved, quality, data collection methods, etc. Access data, reports, surveys, and tools.

  • National Children's Study (NCS) - (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD))  Details

    The National Children's Health Study was to be a long-term environmental and biological health study following children from birth to 21. Recruiting ended in 2013 and the study lost funding in 2014. Data is available from the Vanguard Study.

  • National Survey Publications and Chartbooks - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    HRSA's Maternal and Child Health programs promote and improve the health of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents, including low-income families, those with diverse racial and ethnic heritages, and those living in rural or isolated areas without access to care. Publications include materials on health care, prenatal care and newborn screening, and preventive care and research. Included here are National Survey of Children's Health, National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, Child Health USA, and Women's Health USA.

  • National and State Facts - (Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) HHS)  Details

    National and state factsheets for five adolescent health areas: reproductive health, mental health, physical health and nutrition, substance abuse, and healthy relationships.

  • PeriStats - (March of Dimes)  Details

    Provides access to to maternal and infant health-related data at the U.S., state, county, and city level.

  • Preterm Birth Report Card - (March of Dimes)  Details

    Statistical data on the levels of prematurity in the United States are presented on an interactive map.

  • State Child Welfare Policy Database - (Annie E. Casey Foundation)  Details

    Provides a searchable database of state-level policies for child welfare, including Medicaid, abuse and neglect, and foster policies.

  • State Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance Coverage - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    Page provides an in-depth report which examines health insurance coverage for children nationwide and at the state level and additionally, an interactive map with state level summaries of health insurance coverage for children.

  • State Snapshots of Children's Coverage - (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute)  Details

    Factsheets for the nation as well as all 51 states (including the District of Columbia). These snapshots underscore the importance of Medicaid in providing coverage for children.

  • State Strategies for Promoting Children's Preventive Services - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, or incentives promoting children's preventive services, such as those recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical activity.

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

Child Health Services Research grants, funding, and fellowships.

  • Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R01) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  Details

    This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological, lifestyle factors, environmental, social, economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test, evaluate, translate, and disseminate health promotion prevention and interventions conducted in traditional and non -traditional settings.

  • Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  Details

    This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological, lifestyle factors, environmental, social, economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test, evaluate, translate, and disseminate health promotion prevention and interventions conducted in traditional and non -traditional settings

  • Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program Details

    Two-year grants of $150,000 are awarded to researchers who have completed their fellowship training at the time of application and are within five years of their first faculty appointment. Applicants must be working in nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions within the six New England states.

  • Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Open Opportunities - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    Comprising six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

  • Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship - (University of Michigan (U-M))  Details

    This three year program is open to physicians in family medicine, pediatrics, or medicine-pediatrics. Upon completion of the program, fellows are awarded a Master's of Science degree in Health and Health Care Research.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

  • Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Quality of Children's Health Care - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    This Implementation Guide includes suggested steps and tips for implementing initiatives for improving child health care quality from the CMS-funded national evaluation of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program.

  • Essentials for Childhood - Policy Guide (2016) - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  Details

    This resource presents an overview of the state health department's role in informing policy and lays out several policy options for states and other partners to consider when working to create the context for healthy children and families.

  • Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities (2014) - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    The executive summary and complete report from the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America provides recommendations to improve the health of Americans, with a focus on improving physical and mental health in children, creating communities that foster health-promoting behavior, and broaden healthcare to promote health outside of the medical system.

Key Organizations/Programs

Key Child Health Services Research Organizations.

  • AcademyHealth - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    - AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners and a non-partisan resource for health research and policy. This site provides access to child health services research information, for example, the child health services research interest group.

  • Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) - (University of Michigan (U-M))  Details

    Research conducted by the CHEAR Unit provides information to improve the delivery of child health care and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public and private health care programs.

  • Child Health Services Research Interest Group - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    This interest group provides a forum for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and trainees to interact on health issues related to children. Links are provided to information about upcoming and past meetings.

  • Child Trends - (Child Trends)  Details

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development and provides research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.

  • Insure Kids Now! - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  Details

    Insure Kids Now! is a national campaign to link the nation's uninsured children -- from birth to age 18 -- to free and low-cost health insurance.

  • PEDSnet - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) US)  Details

    A pediatric learning health system dedicated to discovering and implementing new ways of providing the best care and improving health care outcomes.


Child Health Services Research meetings and presentations.

  • 7th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health - Streaming Sessions - (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))  Details

    March 31 - April 2, 2017. Multiple sessions available for streaming, including newborn screening, obesity, diabetes, climate change, nutrition, physical activity, social determinants of health, behavioral health, suicide, environmental healthoral health, fetal alcohol syndrome, and more.

  • Library, Family, Primary Care and Community Collaboration for Young Children - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))  Details

    June 21, 2017 4-5pm ET. Learn how primary health care providers and clinics are changing to become "patient-centered medical homes" and the opportunities this opens up for libraries, public health, early learning and other community partners to become part of the bigger "medical home neighborhood."

  • Children's Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP, and Next Steps: View Video from 11/13/09 Briefing - (Alliance for Health Reform US, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-sponsored this briefing to examine the factors which influence children's coverage. Questions addressed included: What are the trends in private sector coverage? How well are the enrollment simplification and outreach tools that are included in this year's CHIP reauthorization helping to reach those children who are eligible but unenrolled? How much does a child's coverage depend on where he or she lives?

  • Use of Health IT in Pediatric Care: National Web Conference - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    A recorded webcast from June 2016 that discussed the use of health IT to better support the quality of health care delivered to children. This webinar also included discussions on pediatric-specific electronic health record (EHR) functionality and the use of a pediatric registry for reporting quality measures data.


Child Health Services Research Programs.

  • Child Health Insurance Research Initiative (CHIRI™) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    CHIRI™ studies seek to uncover which health insurance and delivery features work best for low-income children, particularly minority children and those with special health care needs. Seven of the nine projects focus exclusively on or have separate analyses of children with special health care needs, and five explore disparities between minority and non-minority children.

  • Child and Adolescent Health - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    A topic page that provides access to resources, research findings, and news for policymakers and professionals on AHRQs initiatives in child health.

  • Indiana University Children's Health Services Research - (Indiana University School of Medicine US)  Details

    Indiana University, Children's Health Services Research strives to improve the health and healthcare of children by developing and applying the best scientific evidence and methods in health services research and informatics.

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