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Our policy team publishes briefs and fact sheets to translate and communicate evidence to improve child health and well-being and pediatric healthcare quality locally and around the world. These publications focus on a variety of topics, including childhood obesity, birth outcomes and access to health insurance.
Birth outcome is a pregnancy and delivery that result in a full-term healthy infant.
Donovan E, Iams J, Rose B. Cincinnati, OH, October 2008
This policy brief summarizes what is known about the contributors to preterm birth and presents national recommendations. Today, 13 percent of US births occur before 37 weeks’ gestational age, often leading to personal and financial tragedy for families and public policy implications.
Fact Sheet: What We Know About the Prevention of Preterm Birth
Being obese during childhood and adolescence increases the likelihood of becoming an overweight or obese adult. The Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children’s analyzes the prevalence of overweight and obesity, reviews current state policies and aids physicians and other medical professionals.
Fact Sheet: Obesity in Hamilton County
An interactive map allows you to look at each state and compare overall prevalence rates; disparities and variances by race, insurance and income level; what each state is doing at the legislative level to combat childhood obesity; and what grant and programmatic opportunities are available to enhance community involvement and improve health outcomes for kids. These fact sheets were produced in conjunction with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health. Find out what your state is doing about obesity.
Ohio Family Health Survey: Obesity in Children and Families Across Ohio, 2009Cuttler L, Singer M, Simpson L, Gallan A, Nevar A, Silvers J.B. Columbus, OH, Ohio Family Health Survey, 2009
Investigators at Cincinnati Children’s released several reports examining child health and healthcare in Ohio. The findings use data from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey. This report provides an assessment of obesity in children and families across the state.Full Report | Policy Brief | Download the .pdf
> Cincinnati Children’s is tackling the issue of childhood obesity in our community. Read more about our population health initiative.
Schuchter J, Besl J, Simpson L. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, April 2010
Vision 2015 is a 10-year blueprint and call to action for Northern Kentucky to find solutions to the economic and social issues facing the region.
Visit the Vision 2015 website.
Investigators at Cincinnati Children’s released several reports examining child health and healthcare in Ohio.
Goudie A, Fairbrother G, Read D, Simpson L. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; March 2010. Policy brief.
Fact Sheet: Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2010
Fact Sheet: Children with Special Health Care Needs Medicaid Focus, 2010
Simpson L, Fairbrother G, Touscherner J, Guyer J. Implementation Choices for the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; September 2009
Child healthcare experts led by Lisa Simpson, former director of child policy research at Cincinnati Children’s, discuss the Child Health Insurance Program's (CHIP) potential to transform healthcare for the children it serves.
Full Report | Webinar Slides
This brief focuses on the children in Ohio who are eligible for Medicaid but are not enrolled in the program. Full Report | Policy Brief | PowerPoint
Fact Sheet: Insurance Coverage Portfolio
Simpson L, Fairbrother G, Touscherner J, Guyer J. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; August 2007
This report, written by a team of noted child health policy experts, presents a framework for promoting effective health coverage and achieving high quality in both SCHIP and Medicaid, the other major public program that covers low-income children.
Fairbrother G, Schuchter J. Stability and Churning in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Sacramento, CA, the California Endowment; March 2008
The Anderson Center examined unnecessary “churning” (cycling in and out) in California’s public insurance programs − Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. It determined the effect of this churning on cost and care for returning beneficiaries, and examined how much could be saved with a simplified enrollment / renewal system that would also lead to better retention.
Fairbrother G, Watring J, Madhavan G, Senderling-McDonald C. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; December 2010. Read the report.
These reports are guided by three aims: To determine the effect of the economic downturn on application to public service programs, including health insurance and enrollment. To assess the impact of increased workload at the county level. To determine the cost consequences of a gap in coverage, including service utilization during a gap and cost after a gap in coverage.
Fairbrother G, McAuliffe J, Watring J, Trudnak, T. Temporarily Closing Healthy Families in a Time of Budget Shortage, Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; September 2011
During California’s budget crisis, the system could not finance the volume of individuals enrolling in Healthy Families. This report assesses the impact of the wait list on healthy families.
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