142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Survey drivers: Using one tool to learn about children across multiple populations in the defined geographic area of North Texas

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Mackenzie Cutchall, MPH CPH , System Planning Department, Cook Chidlren's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX
Background: Cook Children’s Center for Children’s Health developed the Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS) as a tool to evaluate children’s health needs within the region.  The survey was administered to households in 2008 and 2012.  In 2008, CCHAPS collected data from additional populations –patients of Cook Children’s Hospital, homeless, and undocumented populations.  The CCHAPS data is used to identify priorities in children’s health within the community, and direct efforts to develop solutions that specifically target these priorities and monitor future progress.  

Methods:  The special populations were compared to the 2008 household population based on demographic factors. Within the 2012 household survey population, logistic regression was used to examine the association between each question on the survey and the response to the question “In general, how would you describe this child’s health?”. 

Results: The patient population was found to be similar to the household survey population in race, but the patient population was lower in parent education and household income.  While many factors were found to be significantly associated with the child’s overall health, physical health factors such as asthma, chronic physical conditions that limit activity, and special health needs were found to have the greatest effect on parent perception of overall health.

Conclusion: In response to the data findings, each county in the surveyed region has formed coalitions to bring stakeholders together to improve the health of children.  Understanding the factors that influence parents’ perception of overall health will help to inform future iterations of the survey.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the sampling methods for the CCHAPS survey. Examine the relationship between key survey responses and overall health. Examine differences between surveyed populations across multiple locations with the same tool (urban, rural, homeless, and undocumented).

Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Decision Support Analyst for this project and was responsible for conducting these analyses. Mackenzie Cutchall completed her Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She currently works as a data analyst for Cook Children's in Fort Worth. Her research interests are in maternal and child health, and her research experience includes women's health, mental health, and children's health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.