This week Dayton Children’s launched our 2011 Regional Pediatric Health Assessment. Every three years, Dayton Children’s assesses the state of pediatric health in our region through this parent perceptions survey to gain a better understanding of the concerns parent in our region have regarding their children’s health.
I work intimately on this project and am always interested in the results.
This survey gives us an opportunity to really talk about kids and their health status – and then formulate some action plans to do something about it. According to the health assessment:
- Colds and flu followed by diet and nutrition, and injury, accidents and safety were the top health concerns cited by parents.
- There appears to be a disconnect between perception and reality when it comes to a child’s weight. Thirty-seven percent of the respondent’s children are overweight or obese, however, 60 percent of these respondents did not believe their child had a weight issue.
- Access to quality health care is perceived challenging for lower income families who reportedly used emergency room services for nonurgent issues at a higher rate than higher income families.
What do you think? What are your greatest concerns about your child’s health? What questions do you have about childhood obesity? Do you have trouble gaining access to health care? Let’s start a conversation….