About Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health

The Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health provides community partners, corporate leaders, policy makers, other health care systems and researchers an inside look at how Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a national leader in population health strategies, has elevated its progress in helping children and communities lead healthier lives.

Nationwide Children’s efforts to put the health and wellbeing of children at the center of everything we do has helped improve the health of entire populations. Over the last 25 years, that has made a crucial impact – but it can also be challenging. Our goal is to share our experiences, learn from others and inspire communities through the Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health.

Our Focus

The Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health focuses on four main areas:

  • Improving Neighborhoods – because children’s immediate environments have a huge impact on their wellbeing. We need ways to help children where they are: in their schools, homes and communities.
  • Addressing Inequities – because many children suffer from disadvantages that are the result of inequities. We can better, and more equitably, help those children have the best possible health outcomes.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health – because 1 in 5 children have a mental health condition, but there is a national shortage of providers to care for them. Population health strategies can support these children.
  • Value-Based Care – because we want to improve health even with limited financial resources. Value-based care is changing the pediatric landscape.

The Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health is supported by the highly skilled experts, researchers and thought leaders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and community partners who make our work possible.

Our Impact

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud that our work has been nationally recognized, but we measure our impact when we see healthy outcomes for kids and communities:

  • Children who are ready for kindergarten
  • Mixed-income communities who have improved employment rates
  • More children avoiding another emergency department visit because their routine asthma care is being addressed in schools
  • More babies celebrating their first birthday because of a reduction in infant mortality
  • Children connected to primary care services who would otherwise miss important screenings and immunizations
  • Increased high school graduation rates, and so much more…

This breadth and depth of work in population health, social determinants of health, health equity research and caring for the whole child is supported by a variety of strong programs and initiatives currently helping communities throughout the state of Ohio including: