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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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Addressing Persistent Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

A new $2.5 million federal grant – the only one of its kind awarded in Ohio – will help CelebrateOne, Ohio Better Birth Outcomes and Nationwide Children’s implement strategies to reduce the infant mortality rate among Black families.

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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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A “Best Friends Conference” to Combat Digital Dating Abuse

The Best Friends Conference, a partnership between Black Girl Rising and The Center for Family Safety and Healing, brings together young black women to learn more about new friendships, safe digital connections, and the traits of safe and healthy relationships.

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Better Communication to Prevent Life-Threatening Infections

The peak season for some serious respiratory infections shifted during the pandemic – making it more difficult to access certain medication. A Partners For Kids workgroup is now helping children get the medication they need, when they need it.

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Can Primary Care “Coaches” Improve Child Health?

Nationwide Children’s is beginning the largest-scale pilot program of its kind in the United States, using health navigators or “coaches” to help young children receive the care they need during regular visits to pediatricians. The program is a collaboration with Seattle Children’s Hospital and puts a special focus on Black children and their families.

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Caring For Children of Incarcerated Parents

Nearly 5 million U.S. children have had a parent incarcerated, and those children face significant physical and mental health risks. A first-of-its-kind publication from Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers guidance to pediatricians who may care for those kids – some without knowing it.

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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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Creating a Pipeline for Young Health Care Workers

More than 100 young people connected with Nationwide Children’s population health efforts are working at the hospital this summer – an introduction to career paths that they might not consider otherwise.

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Creating a School-Based Health Model in Southern Ohio

In an effort to expand kids’ access to health care, Nationwide Children’s created the School Health Learning Collaborative, engaging and funding 13 school health teams across nine mostly Appalachian counties in southern Ohio.

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Early Success With Teen Health Advisors at School

In its first year, Youth Advisory Councils in five central Ohio schools have created building-wide plans to better student health – and members of the councils themselves are seeing their grades and attendance rates improve.

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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 a Nurse Visitation Program to New Ohio Counties

The Nurse-Family Partnership, which pairs specially trained nurses with pregnant women to support maternal and baby health, is coming to Athens, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties.

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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 Can Health Care Systems Research Improve Health Equity?

Deena Chisolm, PhD, director of the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has led a new study examining the ways research can reduce health disparities.

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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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Largest School-based Health Grant in State History to Improve Access for SE Ohio Children

A $64 million grant to the Appalachian Children Coalition will help create school- and community-based health centers, impacting 61,000 students across 20 counties.

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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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Pediatricians as Child Advocates: A Conversation With Dr. Sara Bode

Pediatricians have long been more than just medical doctors; they have felt a responsibility to advocate for policies and practices that help children. Dr. Sara Bode, medical director of School-Based Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a prominent national voice for child health, says that the medical profession should do more recognize advocacy as a core role of a pediatrician.

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Providing Health Care for an Extremely At-risk Population: Children Who Are Incarcerated

Some teenagers in juvenile detention have not seen a doctor since infancy. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has brought a new health care model to the Franklin County Juvenile Intervention Center and is working to change the lifetime health trajectory for this extremely at-risk population.

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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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The “Roving” Dental Clinic: Cleanings and Fillings in the Classroom?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has created a “roving” community dental clinic that has conducted procedures wherever there is space for them – including empty conference rooms and school classrooms.

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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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Supporting Family Financial Stability

As part of its economic development efforts, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has launched the My Bridge 2 Success program, which supports qualifying families in reaching their personal and financial goals. . .and provides funds to help them do it.

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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.