Addressing Inequities

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Many children face health disadvantages that are the result of inequities.

Find out how we can better, and more equitably, help those children have the best possible health outcomes.

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Advocating for Families Locally and Nationally

In a conversation with Mike Patrick, MD, Emergency Medicine physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, renowned physician/advocate Benard Dreyer, MD talks about how he began advocating for children’s health as a pediatrician – and how others can as well.

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A New, National Collaborative to Improve the Practice of Child Abuse Pediatrics

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has become one of the founding sites of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Network (CAPNET), a new multi-center research network collecting standardized, reliable data on child abuse. The mission of CAPNET is “to make the care of potentially abused children more effective, safe, and fair.”

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Children With Incarcerated Family Members: Using Supportive Language

Children who have incarcerated family members already face stigma, and they may mistrust systems – even those that are supposed to be caring, such as pediatric health care institutions and offices.

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Creating a Physician Workforce that Reflects Patients and Families

A new plan instituted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital seeks to address the racial and ethnic demographic gap between patients and physicians and increase the number of diverse pediatricians entering its residency program.

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Eliminating the Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality

Partnerships dedicated to reducing the infant mortality rate in Franklin County, Ohio have made big strides, but the disparity between Black and white infant mortality rates has actually grown. Christine Sander, director of Infant Wellness Initiatives at Nationwide Children’s, writes about a new strategic plan aimed at eliminating that disparity.

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Expanding Mental Health Care in the Black Community

“Only about 5% of practicing psychologists are Black, and that number is even lower when it comes to those who specialize in pediatric care,” notes The Columbus Dispatch, in exploring the many reasons why some Black people both do not receive and do not seek out mental health care.

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Exploring the Gap in Urban and Rural Health Care For Children

While it’s long been clear that children in rural areas have reduced access to some kinds of health care services compared to their urban peers, understanding the specifics of the care gap has proven difficult, because population-level data on utilization is split among many insurers and providers.

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How a Children’s Hospital Supports Post-High School STEM Education

There are more than 200 Upward Bound Math and Science programs in the United States, almost all operated by colleges and universities. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital with its own program. Read about how the hospital helps high school students who want to pursue further STEM education after graduation.

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How is Racism a Public Health Crisis?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, along with many other health care and government organizations, has declared racism a “public health crisis.” But what exactly does that mean?

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Improving Racial Diversity and Equity in Clinical Trials

There is now broad consensus across medicine that clinical trials must be more representative of minority populations. A new article from Pediatrics Nationwide asks the question: How can that be achieved?

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The Integrated Care For Kids Project

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and nearly 50 community organizations are leading a $14.5 million initiative to improve the health and well-being of Licking County and Muskingum County children – especially those at increased risk of hospitalization or being placed outside the home.

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The Justice System and Child Health

A first-of-its kind study conducted at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital used electronic medical records to link children’s personal or family involvement in the correctional system to diagnoses — and the authors say the findings are so alarming they should be a call to action for pediatric providers.

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Pediatric Vital Signs

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a number of community partners launched the first effort of its kind in the United States to measure and improve the health of every child: Pediatric Vital Signs.

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Reaching More Children With the COVID Vaccine

Through school-based health programs, Nationwide Children’s has helped vaccinate thousands of young people who might not have been vaccinated otherwise.

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Redefining Breastfeeding Help as Preventive Health Care

Breastfeeding is linked to an array of benefits for both the parent and the child, but it is often overlooked in preventive services. A team of health professionals are working to remedy that and integrate breastfeeding support and education into primary care visits.

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Responding to the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

Research over the last decade has shown a troubling increase in suicidal thoughts and attempts among young Black people. But little research exists on the “how” and “why” of suicide in Black youth.

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care

Health-related social needs like food insecurity and lack of stable housing can negatively impact a child’s health outcomes. To combat this, Nationwide Children’s has implemented and studied the effectiveness of an electronic medical record-based social needs screening in primary care visits.

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Startling Research on Youth Suicide Prompts National Conversations

A first-of-its-kind study on Black youth suicide from Nationwide Children’s Hospital has drawn national attention to this growing problem and is now helping inform federal discussion about suicide prevention.

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Talking to Children About Race and Racism

It’s particularly important that parents and other caregivers talk to their children about race. Whitney Raglin Bignall, PhD, Ariana Hoet, PhD, and Jaquelyn Doxie King, PhD, share their advice for taking addressing these complicated subjects with children of all ages.

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Telehealth and Health Care Concerns in Southeast Ohio

Ohio Rep. Adam Holmes talked about telehealth, health policy and challenges facing Southeastern Ohio with Charlie Solley, vice president of Government Relations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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The Higher Mortality Rate of Previously Incarcerated Youth

A recent study from Nationwide Children’s found that young people who were previously incarcerated in the juvenile legal system are nearly 6x more likely than the general population to experience early mortality. Researchers say that better supporting youths in the reentry process may help.

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What Is Health Equity?

“Health Equity” is a hot topic across health care, and it has become a renewed focus for Nationwide Children’s Hospital as it works to improve outcomes for all children. But what, exactly, do experts and policy makers mean when they talk about health equity?

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we align our strategy with the Best People and Best Programs to achieve the best outcomes.

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Health Equity Research

The mission of the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research is to advance child health and wellbeing through research in and across clinical care, health services, health policy and community initiatives.

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Housing and Community Development

Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families (HNHF), an initiative composed of faith-based organizations, community development organizations, youth-serving nonprofits and local public schools, seeks to create positive health outcomes in the community.

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Infant Mortality

The greatest gift our community can give each baby is a healthy and safe first year of life that sets him or her on a path to thrive each year beyond that. To do so, CelebrateOne and its partners take on the most significant factors that contribute to Columbus’ high infant mortality rate.