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National Survey of Children’s Health

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) touches on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives—including physical and mental health, access to quality health care, and the child’s family, neighborhood and social context.

The Data Resource Center takes the results from the NSCH and makes them easily accessible to parents, researchers, community health providers and anyone interested in maternal and child health. Data on this site are for the nation and each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. State and national data can be further refined to assess differences by race/ethnicity, income, special health care needs status and a variety of other important demographic and health status characteristics.

The survey provides a broad range of information about children’s health and well-being collected in a standardized manner that allows comparisons across states as well as comparisons to the nation. It also serves to complement the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) by providing data on the health of the general U.S. child population. Results in the NSCH can be stratified by CSHCN status to compare children with special health care needs to those without special needs.

The NSCH is a telephone survey conducted by the National Center of Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control under the direction and sponsorship of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  Survey results are weighted to represent the population of non-institutionalized children ages 0-17 nationally and in each state. Click here for more detailed information about how the survey is conducted.