A zip code should not determine a child’s health.
Studies show that health outcomes are influenced by a “neighborhood effect” — meaning that health outcomes vary based on where a person lives.
Factors that can affect health include access to health care, housing, education, employment, relationships, transportation and food supply.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s aspiration is to eliminate inequities in child health.
We work toward our aspiration by:
Several programs are designed to remove barriers to accessing resources:
- Care Connection – Primary care, behavioral health and school-based asthma therapy are offered in central Ohio schools through school health clinics or the Mobile Care Center. All programs are designed to connect children to a medical home.
- BC4Teens – The Birth Control for Teens Program is a place for young women up to age 22 to talk with medical experts about birth control and sexually transmitted infections and get the birth control that's right for them — with no judgment.
One example of this support is Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, a collaborative between four central Ohio hospital systems, a local federally qualified health center and public health, which is dedicated to reducing the infant mortality rate in Franklin County.
The area health systems use quality improvement science to not only improve clinical care, but also connect pregnant women to other community resources to help ensure healthy birth outcomes.
The Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative partners with faith-based organizations, community development organizations, youth-serving nonprofits and local public schools to focus on creating positive health outcomes in the community.
Programs support affordable housing; workforce development and employment opportunities; health and wellness; neighborhood safety; and improved educational outcomes for children and families on the South Side of Columbus.
Partners For Kids, a partnership between Nationwide Children's and more than 1,000 doctors, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest pediatric accountable care organizations.
Partners For Kids at a Glance:
- 330,000 children cared for
- 34 counties in central and Southeastern Ohio served
- More than 1,000 doctors participate