Research Horizons


Mental Health Tops Child Health Needs Assessment

Every three years, Cincinnati Children’s works with community partners to assess the health needs of our region.

The 229-page report is based on a massive collection of demographic, behavioral and health care data specific to our region. Tables include educational status, numbers of vehicles per household, hours of screen time, access to primary care, perceptions of neighborhood safety, obesity rates, common disease prevalence and much more.

Evaluating the data and setting priorities involved focus groups, a survey involving more than 2,500 area residents,  plus input from patients and families, community members, and key child health organizations.

The report cites four priorities for improving child health:

  • Child and youth mental health
  • COVID-19 pandemic health impacts on children and youth
  • Child and youth chronic disease
  • Infant mortality

Details of the needs assessment can be downloaded here.