National Child Health Day 2019

National Child Health Day, the first Monday of every October, is an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to improving the health and well-being of America's children and families. Along with parents and health professionals, HRSA supports the well-being of our children by working to improve their physical, behavioral and mental health.

Thomas Engle
“Child Health Day reminds us that our nation depends on children and families who are healthy and strong. HRSA programs empower families with education, tools and interventions to support children’s health throughout their lives. We do this by promoting quality health care and partnering with families and communities to address the underlying causes of poor health.”
– Thomas J. Engels, HRSA Acting Administrator

Advancing Child Health through Data: National Survey of Children’s Health

This Child Health Day, HRSA is releasing data from the 2018 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Funded and directed by HRSA, the NSCH provides unique, up-to-date national and state level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. These data are essential to understanding the health status and health care needs of children across the nation.

The NSCH collects information on critical topics including:

  • The prevalence of over 20 health conditions such as allergies, ADD/ADHD, autism, and asthma
  • Access to and use of health care services and coordinated health care, including for children with special health care needs (CSHCN)
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Family health and activities
  • Parental health status

Learn more about the findings of the latest National Survey of Children’s Health (PDF - 189 KB).

Learn more about how HRSA programs support mothers, children and families nationwide.

MCHB is the one federal bureau responsible for improving the health of all America’s mothers, children, and families. We envision an America where all mothers, children, and families are thriving and reach their full potential. Learn more about MCHB’s programs.


Date Last Reviewed:  October 2019

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