James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

  • Policy Briefs, Publications and Fact Sheets

    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.

  • Population and Community Health

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    Birth Outcomes

    Birth outcome is a pregnancy and delivery that result in a full-term healthy infant.

    What We Know About the Prevention of Preterm Birth

    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

    Obesity

    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

    What is Your State Doing about Obesity? 

    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.

    Childhood Obesity Profile

    Ohio Family Health Survey: Obesity in Children and Families Across Ohio, 2009
    Cuttler 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 ReportPolicy BriefDownload the .pdf

    > Cincinnati Children’s is tackling the issue of childhood obesity in our community. Read more about our population health initiative.

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    Vision 2015

    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.

    Ohio Family Health Survey

    Investigators at Cincinnati Children’s released several reports examining child health and healthcare in Ohio.

    • Ohio Chartbook, 2008: Child Health and Health Care across Ohio
      Jones K, Fairbrother G, Cuttler L, Simpson L. Columbus, OH, Ohio Family Health Survey, 2009
      Full ReportPolicy BriefPowerPoint
    • Mental Health Status, Access and Service Utilization in Ohio
      Mitchell M, Theodore S, Holloway M, Crosby L, Johnson A. Columbus, OH, Ohio Family Health Survey 2009 
      Full Report | Policy Brief | PowerPoint
    • Profile of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2009
      Goudie A, Fairbrother G, Simpson L, Mandel K. Columbus, OH, Family Health Survey 2009 
      Full ReportPolicy Brief | PowerPoint

  • Health Insurance and Access

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    Children with Special Needs

    Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2010

    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

    Choices for CHIPRA

    Commonwealth Fund Report: Implementation Choices for CHIPRA

    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

    Lacking Medicaid Coverage

    Ohio Family Health Survey: Potentially Eligible Medicaid Population without Medicaid Coverage

    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

    Reauthorizing SCHIP

    Reauthorizing SCHIP: Opportunities for Promoting Effective Health Coverage and High-Quality Care for Children and Adolescents 

    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.

    Insurance Instability

    How Insurance Instability Impacts Children in California

    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.

    Citizenship Documentation

    Effects of the Citizenship Documentation Provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on Medi-Cal: Overview and Analysis

    Fairbrother G, Watring J, Madhavan G, Senderling-McDonald C. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; December  2010. Read the report.

    Economic Downturn

    Monitoring the Effects of the Economic Downturn on Medi-Cal Enrollment, Retention and Costs

    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.

    • A Steep Climb: High Unemployment and Increased Need for Public Assistance in California
      Fairbrother G, Watring J, Madhavan G, Senderling-McDonald C. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; July  2011. Read the report.  
    • Californians tell their story about the recession and increased need for public assistance
      Fairbrother G, McAuliffe J, Sebastian R, Watring J. Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; July  2011. Read the report

    Impact of Wait List

    Assessing the Impact of the Healthy Families Program Wait List

    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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