The Delaware Survey of Children’s Health (DSCH) is one of the most comprehensive health surveillance instruments for Delaware children ages birth through 17 years. Using parent-reported data, the DSCH provides a wealth of valuable information regarding multiple aspects of children’s health — including overall health & health care, weight status, healthy living, and the family & neighborhood environment
Nemours has conducted the Delaware Survey of Children’s Health (DSCH) in 2006, 2008, 2011, and most recently in 2014. The 2014 DSCH was conducted from July 2014 to May 2015 by telephone, including cell phones. The final data set contains data for 2,657 Delaware households with children.
Nemours’ goal in administering the DSCH, and publicizing the findings, is to produce more data-driven decision making in the field of child health promotion.
To make it easier to identify and understand these disparities, Nemours created an online Datacenter to analyze the DSCH data by location (three Delaware counties and City of Wilmington), age group, and racial and ethnic group. The Datacenter offers a variety of options for visualizing and downloading the DSCH data to inform program development, guide children’s health initiatives, and/or monitor health indicators.