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New Findings from the National Survey of Children's Health

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET

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Overview

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) conducted in 2003 provides researchers with reliable and representative State- and national-level data on factors influencing the health of children throughout the United States. Funded by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the National Center for Health Statistics, the survey’s 301 variables empower researchers to conduct new quantitative research on a wide array of topics regarding the relationship between children’s health status, their access to care and the influence of their families and communities. Building upon a DataSpeak conducted in 2005 which provided an overview of initial findings from the survey, this program will present findings from three indepth studies that will be featured in a special February 2007 issue of Pediatrics. These studies demonstrate just a few of the potential uses of this data source and will highlight the analysis of NSCH data regarding:

  • Insufficient sleep and the health and well-being of children and adolescents
  • The prevalence of violent disagreements and associations with residence, race/ethnicity, and parental stress
  • Economic and social context and stage of adolescence on physical activity and body mass index.

Participants on this program will learn how researchers used the NSCH as a resource for better understanding many aspects of the health of America’s children. An opportunity to pose questions to the presenters also will be offered.