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Facts About Growing Up Healthy in Franklin County: 2010-2011 Collaborative Children’s Health Report

Helping kids of all ages just be kids, not statistics.

Progress Report Card

Full Potential monitors and reports on 10 preventable health threats that are prevalent and pressing for Franklin County children. These threats are “indicators” of the health of all our children – and of our community.

In 2010, multiple years of data have been tracked for each indicator, providing a clear view of progress in Franklin County, as well as how we stack up against Ohio and the United States. The progress report below is based on these statistical trends as well as the programmatic developments covered in Full Potential that shed additional light on how our community is doing in addressing these threats.


Baseline from 2008 Report

Franklin County Progress

GREEN LIGHT – indicator has improved
YELLOW LIGHT – indicator shows improvement, but concerns remain
RED LIGHT – concerning indicator worsened or stayed the same


Asthma rates have increased and are higher than Ohio and the U.S. Our community’s healthcare system needs to improve asthma identifi cation in children and treatment follow-through.

Teen Smoking

Teen smoking declined slightly from 2006 to 2009, and Franklin County rates are better than national rates. This is an indicator to watch, because the rate of decline nationally has  slowed, possibly due to states using tobacco settlement funds for purposes other than anti-tobacco campaigns.

Teen Pregnancy

While the teen birth rate dropped slightly from 2007 to 2008 in the 15 to 17 age group, it increased for 18- to 19-year-olds. Overall, teen birth rates are unacceptably high, and significant disparities exist in minority populations.

Unintentional Injuries

While no trends are discernible in the county data, death rates in the 15 to 24 age group are lower than Ohio and the U.S. Central Ohio has an effective trauma system that is continually improving, and legislative progress has been made with booster seat and graduated driver licensing laws now in place in Ohio.

Adolescent Suicide

The suicide rate among 15-to-24-year olds is higher than in Ohio and the U.S. Per capita, inpatient psychiatric hospital beds have decreased for children under age 18 and for adolescents age 18 to 24. Additional and more effective safety nets for high-risk patients are needed.

Adolescent Homicide

In 2008, the homicide rate in the 15 to 24 age group was double the Ohio rate. In addition to police activities to combat gangs, more community- based activities that offer attractive alternatives to gang life for high-risk youth are needed.

Access to Health Care

The percentage of children who don’t have health insurance coverage dropped dramatically between 2004 and 2008. This is an indicator to watch as mandatory coverage becomes effective and the emphasis shifts to ensuring access to services.

Infant Mortality/ Preterm Birth

Infant mortality and preterm birth rates are higher than in Ohio and the U.S  Non-Hispanic black babies have significantly higher infant mortality and preterm birth rates than Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites. A cooperative effort (Ohio Better Birth Outcomes) is having initial success in addressing the causes and consequences of preterm birth.


Immunization rates in Columbus suburbs have improved. The City of Columbus, however, has much lower rates than the suburbs – 22 percent lower in 2008.


Pediatric obesity remains a local emergency. While there has been improvement in kindergarteners and third graders, the number of fifth graders who are overweight or obese has not  improved. Many initiatives are underway to address pediatric obesity, and a coalition co-led by Nationwide Children’s drove landmark legislation to reduce calories in school and increase activity.
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