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The Child's Health and Health Care

The National Survey of Children’s Health asked parents to report on factors promoting or presenting risks to their child’s health, their child’s health insurance, and the access to and quality of health care services their children received over the past year. These indicators can be used to paint a picture of children’s health and health care access and quality, and to compare children with and without special health care needs on key indicators.

This section focuses first on indicators of children’s health and development, from breastfeeding among young children to physical activity and overweight among older children and adolescents. The second group of indicators reflects children’s access to and quality of health insurance and health care, including the consistency and adequacy of children’s health coverage, their use of preventive medical and dental care, and access to specialist and mental health services. Finally, this section addresses whether or not children receive care from a medical home: a source of primary care that is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.

This section is divided into these focus areas: