By: Jennifer Chubinski
As we leave flu season behind, it’s a good time to talk about how healthy our children are. As a mother I feel very fortunate to say that all of my children are in good health, as are the large majority of children in general. This is true for children in our region as well: most parents (84%) consistently report that their child’s health is “excellent” or “very good.” And this percentage is much higher than the percentage of adults in our region who report their own health as “excellent” or “very good” (50%), which I discussed in one of my previous blogs.
This month I’ve decided to focus on data available through our regional data portal Facts Matter. Since you are reading a blog from CRC, Facts Matter’s parent organization, you have probably perused the data portal, but if you haven’t I encourage you to play with all of its award-winning features here. A number of health-focused datasets are available on Facts Matter, but for this month’s blog I decided to focus on the 2011 Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky Child Well Being Survey (CWBS).
The 2011 CWBS interviewed 2,083 primary caregivers (generally parents) of children younger than 18 in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Primary caregivers were asked more than 70 questions about a randomly selected child in their household. Topics ranged from access to care and chronic conditions to food security and neighborhood social structure. We are very fortunate to have such a rich source of health data for children in our region. Most regions must rely on national datasets. You can access all of the data analyses here and the raw data here.