Despite the best efforts of primary care providers and children’s hospitals, some children do not receive the care they need. Patients can only spend a limited amount of time in a medical office, and some who would benefit the most may not come in at all.
A child’s wellbeing is also inextricably tied to educational opportunities, neighborhood safety, housing quality and a number of other “social determinants of health” that medical care does not address.
So Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a number of community partners have launched the first effort of its kind in the United States to measure and improve the health of every child: Pediatric Vital Signs.
Traditional vital signs such as temperature and blood pressure assess an individual child’s health; Pediatric Vital Signs uses eight metrics to measure the wellbeing of all children in Franklin County, Ohio – then leverages that information to improve overall outcomes, regardless of where or how children receive health care.
What Are The Eight Metrics?
Those eight metrics are:
- Infant mortality
- Kindergarten readiness
- High school graduation
- Teenage pregnancy
- All-cause child mortality
- A hybrid measure called preventive services delivery