About the National Poll on Children’s Health (NPCH)
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The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health measures current national public opinion, perceptions and priorities regarding major health care issues and trends for U.S. children and people in their communities. Located within the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit of the University of Michigan Health System Division of General Pediatrics, the National Poll on Children’s Health is a non-partisan, dependable source of the timeliest information about public perceptions of children’s health and health policy. Funding for the National Poll on Children's Health is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.
Why is the NPCH being conducted?
Timely findings from the NPCH contribute to public dialogue about children’s health and health policy. Findings also inform new policy initiatives and research ideas regarding a wide range of children's health issues, including childhood obesity, bullying, insurance coverage, access to care, smoking and substance use, vaccines, and other top health concerns for children and adolescents.
How is the NPCH conducted?
Three times per year, the NPCH measures the opinions and perceptions of a nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 U.S. households - with and without children. The sample is obtained by using an innovative, rigorous, established web-based survey technology provided by a private vendor (Knowledge Networks). Each sample is subsequently weighted to reflect the latest population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Several children’s health topics are addressed in each poll. Learn more about the NPCH survey methods.