Who is included?

We describe 276,547 children, ages 2-18, who received care from 2,144 providers in 167 primary care practices.

Health System Reported Children
Akron Children’s Hospital 107,359
Care Alliance Health Center 1,205
The MetroHealth System 39,563
Neighborhood Family Practice 4,041
Senders Pediatrics 6,923
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital 117,456

This report includes children from all over Ohio, with 23 counties reporting on at least 100 children. Most children in the report live in one of eight Northeast Ohio counties.

County Reported Children
Cuyahoga 105,086
Summit 42,837
Medina 18,424
Stark 17,002
Portage 14,422
Lorain 11,691
Lake 10,543
Trumbull 8,750
All Other 47,634

Overweight and Obesity in Children

Timely information on height and weight is available for 84% of the children in this report. Among these children, overweight and obesity affects 78,076 children, or 33.5%.

A Closer Look

  • Our detailed report on overweight and obesity in Northeast Ohio’s children is available at this link.
  • Stratifying overweight or obesity rates by various characteristics of the children (i.e., age, race, income) offer insights into social determinants that may affect outcomes. For a closer look at these relationships, visit our interactive tool.
  • See maps describing our Children’s Health Initiative Data at our map page.

Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity

Measuring providers’ rates of follow-up for children who are overweight or obese helps spur counseling and referrals and informs improvement opportunities. In this report:

  • 76% of obese and 74% of overweight children received documented guidance on nutrition from their health care provider.
  • 62% of obese and 58% of overweight children received documented guidance on physical activity from their health care provider.
  • Across these health systems, 129,383 children had a documented body-mass index, documented nutrition guidance or assessment and documented physical activity guidance or assessment, just 55% of the 233,199 children with a documented body-mass index.

Blood Pressure in Children

For our evaluation of the blood pressures of Northeast Ohio’s children, it is helpful to separately consider children between the ages of 3 and 12, and those who are 13-18 years old. This is because the clinical standards for blood pressure evaluation are different in these two age groups. Note that 2-year olds, while included in other Better Health Partnership reporting, are not included in the blood pressure reporting.

Blood Pressure in Children Ages 3-12

Blood pressure results cover the 174,123 children reported to Better Health Partnership who are between the ages of 3 and 12.

  • Timely information on blood pressure is available for 138,186, or 79.4% of those children.
  • In all, elevated or high blood pressure was documented in 30,902 children ages 3-12, or 22.4% of those measured.

Blood Pressure in Children Ages 13-18

Blood pressure results cover the 82,928 children reported to Better Health Partnership who are between the ages of 13 and 18.

  • Timely information on blood pressure is available for 71,249, or 85.9% of those children.
  • In all, elevated or high blood pressure was documented in 22,155 children ages 13-18, or 31.1% of those measured.

A Closer Look

  • Our detailed report on blood pressure in Northeast Ohio’s children is available at this link.
  • Stratifying elevated or high blood pressure rates by various characteristics of the children (i.e., age, race, income) offer insights into social determinants that may affect outcomes. For a closer look, visit our interactive tool .
  • See maps describing our Children’s Health Initiative Data at our map page .

Asthma in Children: An Early Look

Asthma affects 7 million children. It is the most common serious disease in children and the leading medical cause of school absences. Of the 276,547 children between ages 2 and 18 in this report, 47,256 children, or 17.1%, have a documented asthma diagnosis.

A Closer Look

  • Asthma diagnosis rates for Northeast Ohio’s children can be examined in more detail at this link .
  • Stratifying asthma diagnosis rates by various characteristics of the children (i.e., age, race, income) offer insights into social determinants that may affect outcomes. For a closer look at these relationships, visit our interactive tool .
  • See maps describing our Children’s Health Initiative Data at our map page .