Past Reports

You can browse the topics of our previous reports below, and click on a topic to view the full report.

How Chicago Parents Are Helping Their Children Maintain a Healthy Weight

April 5, 2024

 

February was American Heart Month and March is National Nutrition Month, a time when all people are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health, nutrition and lifestyle habits. Heart disease is the most prevalent cause of death among adults in the United States, and research shows childhood health factors are associated with later cardiac health in adulthood. For instance, high blood pressure in childhood increases the risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke later in life. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that between 13% and 18% of children have consistently elevated blood pressure, and up to 5% of children and teens in the United States have been diagnosed with pediatric hypertension. Obesity is also one of the most influential factors contributing to high blood pressure. As of 2020, 20% of children aged 2–19 would be classified as having obesity. Parents can help reduce their children’s risk of developing heart disease by encouraging balanced meals, a positive relationship with healthy food, regular physical activity and taking advantage of community resources that promote these behaviors. 

In this month’s Voices of Child Health Report, we asked 1,060 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about how easy or difficult they find it to do various things to help their children maintain a healthy weight.

Most Illinois Parents Do Not Ask About Firearms in the Home

January 31, 2024

Dangers that firearms in the home present for children are more prominent than ever. Forty percent of U.S. households with children have firearms in the home, and Healthy Children reports an estimated 4.6 million kids live with unlocked, loaded firearms in the home. Having firearms in the home increases the risk of unintentional shootings, suicide and homicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of fatal unintentional firearm injuries to children were inflicted by others, while 38% were self-inflicted. Approximately two-thirds of shooters were playing with or showing the firearm to others when it discharged. Firearms used in unintentional injury deaths were often stored loaded (74%) and unlocked (76%) and were most often accessed from nightstands and other sleeping areas (30%). One way for parents and caregivers to help keep children safe when they visit the homes of others is to ask whether there are firearms in the home.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health Report, we asked parents whether they have ever asked another parent about the presence of a firearm in the home, for instance, before a playdate. Over 1,000 parents from rural and urban communities across Illinois shared their experiences with us.

Top 10 Child Health Concerns

August 14, 2023

 

Children and adolescents in Chicago face various challenges that can impact their physical and mental health and their social well-being. To understand which of these challenges adults consider most concerning for youth health, we teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) again on the 2022 Healthy Chicago Survey Jr. As we have done in past years of this survey, we asked adults from all 77 community areas in Chicago which health and social issues they considered to be “big problems” for all children and adolescents in Chicago — not just for their own kids.

There is one important change to note regarding this year’s report and survey. In the past, when we have asked Chicagoans about problems facing child health in the city, we did this in two separate questions — one about health problems and one about social problems. We also reported about the results in two separate reports — one focused on health problems and one focused on social problems. However, the health problems and social problems facing youth are interconnected, so this year we combined all problems into one survey question and are also including all problems in a single report.

In this report, we share the “Top 10” health and social problems facing youth in Chicago identified by Chicago adults.

Availability of Community Resources for Chicago Parents

June 28, 2023

Community resources such as healthcare clinics, parks and libraries can help people live healthier lives and access beneficial services. However, access to resources and services is something that many families struggle with in their local communities, and sometimes it can be hard to find information about what resources are available for families.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, in partnership with the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Health Communities at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, we explore parent perceptions of available resources within their community. We asked over 1,000 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about the availability of resources and services to help their families, and how parents prefer to learn about services and resources to support overall parent, child and adolescent wellbeing.

Chicago Families and Safe Swimming in Lake Michigan

May 26, 2023

As the weather becomes warmer in Chicago, families spend more time outside and many take the opportunity to swim. Lake Michigan is a treasured natural resource that provides Chicago families with water recreation activities such as beach days, swimming, boating and sailing. However, enjoying the lake comes with a need to attend to water safety cautions. In 2022, there were 43 reported drownings in Lake Michigan, and there already have been five thus far in 2023.

In the United States, drowning takes the lives of more children ages 1–4 years than any other cause, and for children ages 5–14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes. Annually, about 4,000 Americans fatally drown and another 8,000 experience nonfatal drownings. Water safety is critically important and there are many things that can be done to ensure children and adults are protected when enjoying time around natural water.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we explore families’ swimming safety. We asked over 1,000 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their swimming habits and safety features when swimming in Lake Michigan.

Parents’ and Children’s Concern About Mass Shootings

March 26, 2023

Mass shootings have been a public health crisis for many years, increasing in frequency steadily since 1966. These events are defined as shootings that occur in a short time span (minutes to hours), in a public space, and include four or more victims. The increase in mass shootings over the last several decades has prompted preparatory actions such as implementing active shooter drills and emphasizing the importance of situational awareness for youth. However, 60.2% of youth report that the active shooter drills made them feel scared and hopeless.

U.S. youth report worrying about shootings occurring in the places they frequent, and this worry is linked to higher rates of anxiety. Recently, Chicago schools have struggled with an increase in after-school shootings with nine children killed within the past year. Since 2018, there have been 157 school shootings reported in the U.S. The collective mental health trauma after mass shooting tragedies, and youth fears about mass shootings, are critical issues for youth health and well-being, particularly in the context of the ongoing youth mental health crisis.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we provide insight on parent and child fears regarding mass shootings in Chicago. We asked over 1,000 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their own and their children’s concern about mass shootings at schools and other public places.

Unsafe Car Seat Practices in Chicago

February 2, 2023

Car crashes remain a leading cause of death and severe injury for children 1 to 10 years old in the United States. Each year about 600 U.S. children in this age range die in car crashes, more than the number who die from homicide, suicide, heart disease, sepsis or influenza/pneumonia. Thousands more are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in car crashes.

Many of these injuries can be prevented with the correct and consistent use of car seats and booster seats. Unfortunately, according to a 2011 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we provide insight on transportation safety. We asked over 1,000 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their car seat and booster seat practices.

Gun Violence Exposure and Mental Health Impact Among Chicago Youth

November 16, 2022

Exposure to gun violence has many negative effects on the health of youth. A policy brief from the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium reported that youth exposure to gun violence is consistently associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other internalizing symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. The National Alliance on Mental Illness also reported that increased risk of gun violence corresponds with a history of exposure to violence. Youth mental health is directly connected to gun violence exposure, and as gun violence rates increase, mental health concerns may as well. Additionally, firearms are the leading cause of death for children in Illinois, with an average of 183 children and teens dying each year and around 60% of Chicago’s youngest children living in community areas where 91% of homicides took place.

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we provide insight into gun violence exposure and connections to mental health among Chicago’s youth. We asked over 1,000 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their children’s exposure to gun violence, the impact on their children’s mental health and other questions relating to improving gun violence and its negative impact on youth.

Chicago Children Are Not Getting Enough Physical Activity

September 07, 2022

Spending time outside and exercising may be top of mind for many Chicago families trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer sunshine and warm weather. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) emphasizes a variety of benefits to exercising and active play, as regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduce the risk of developing health conditions. When children are inactive, it can increase the risk of becoming overweight or obese. Physical inactivity is also the fourth major cause of mortality in the world, further highlighting the importance of helping to teach children healthy physical habits from a young age.

For this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we asked 687 parents of children between 1 and 7 years old about their children’s physical activity and exercise. To do this, we use PROMIS® survey measures developed as part of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The ECHO Program aims to understand how early life biological, chemical, behavioral and societal factors affect five primary childhood outcomes including obesity (the other four are neurodevelopment, asthma, well-being and pre/peri/post-natal).

Chicago Parents Are Still Dealing with Stress From the Ongoing Pandemic

June 23, 2022

During the past two years, Chicago parents and families have faced new challenges and heightened levels of unpredictability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey of March 2021, 1 nearly half of parents (48%) said the level of stress in their life has increased compared with before the pandemic. Another study revealed 70% of mothers and 54% of fathers felt overwhelmed in the past two weeks due to the pandemic. In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we provide insight on parental stress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Parental Concerns about Climate Change

April 21, 2022

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, our April 2022 Voices of Child Health in Chicago report provides insight into Chicago parents’ concerns about climate change. Chicago experiences climate-related weather events as well as rising water levels, which have the potential to affect more than 1 million children living in the city. According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, rising temperatures and decreased air quality affect kids by increasing the risk of asthma and allergies, worsening pregnancy outcomes and creating food insecurity. The 2020 State of Global Air reported that air pollution accounts for 20% of newborn deaths worldwide. From a mental health perspective, extreme weather events caused by climate change patterns can cause children to experience major trauma from enduring events such as wildfires or intense storms.

Climate change is documented to already be affecting human health and well-being. Despite this, little is known about parental concerns about climate change and their family’s future.

Update on Youth COVID-19 Vaccines in Chicago

March 03, 2022

Public opinion about COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States is constantly changing, with experts relying on vaccines as the main line of defense against the ongoing pandemic. According to the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Dashboard, as of February 2022, 69% of the population had completed the vaccine series. In Chicago, 41% of children 5–11 years old have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 51% receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of February 2022. The authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for 6-month-old to 4-year-old children may be forthcoming in Spring 2022 pending review of trial data and Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Since the authorization of vaccines for children 5 years and older last year, parent perspectives have been varied — many have felt confident vaccinating their children, while some remain hesitant or unsure about the vaccine. Healthcare providers have been working to hear and address parents’ concerns by discussing the importance of the protection vaccines offer as well as the strong safety data for the available COVID-19 vaccines.

Infant Sleep Practices

January 25, 2022

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the term used to describe the death of an infant who is less than 1 year old in which the cause of death was not obvious before investigation. SUID often occurs in the baby’s sleep area and includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The most current data (2014–18) reveal that 42% of infant deaths are now attributed to SUID. Almost 3,500 infants die from SUID in the United States each year, an average of nine babies every day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks these numbers and there has been no decline in SUID rates in over two decades. Nationally, rates of SUID demonstrate significant racial and ethnic disparities with American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic Black infants experiencing 2x the rate of SUID compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Continuing Pandemic and Worsening Stress: Behavioral Health for Chicago's Children

December 15, 2020

As we approach the end of 2021, the second calendar year that the nation and world have grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to check in on the status of youth mental health in Chicago to provide an update to our March 2021 Voices of Child Health in Chicago report. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five U.S. children experienced a mental health condition each year according to Sound the Alarm for Kids, a program to educate on the child and teen mental health crisis presented by the Children’s Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Top 10 Youth Social Problems in Chicago in 2020

November 20, 2021

Chicago youth have dealt with ongoing social challenges that have continued to shape their daily interactions and experiences over the past 20 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn what social issues Chicago adults were most concerned about for youth in the city, we teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2020 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked adults, including parents and non-parents, from all 77 community areas in Chicago which social issues they considered to be “big problems” for all children and adolescents in Chicago — not just for their own kids.

Some of the top social concerns identified by adults were connected to violence (e.g., gun violence, violence in schools), others were connected to inequity (e.g., racial disparities in health, racism) and others included social determinants of health (e.g., poverty, lack of job opportunities). In this report, we share the “Top 10” social issues facing youth in Chicago identified by Chicago adults.

Parent Attitudes About COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

October 4, 2021

With recent surges of COVID-19 infections in Chicago and across the country, new variants of the COVID-19 virus that are more infectious and the potential for rise of new variants, some employers and schools have mandated COVID-19 vaccines. In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, we examine parents’ attitudes about requiring vaccines against COVID-19 in different contexts. We asked 1,620 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their thoughts about requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as questions about themselves and their families.

Top 10 Youth (non-COVID-19) Health Problems

September 14, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago youth have dealt with new mental and physical health challenges over the past 18 months. Children and adolescents in Chicago continue to face many health challenges that existed before the pandemic, and that may be worsened by the pandemic. To learn what health issues besides COVID-19 Chicago adults were most concerned about for youth in the city, we teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2020 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked adults from all 77 community areas in Chicago which non-COVID-19-related health problems they considered to be “big problems” for all children and adolescents in Chicago — not just for their own kids.

Firearm Safety, Gun Violence and Chicago Families

August 05, 2021

Chicago has seen continuing firearm violence, with over 2,000 shooting victims so far in 2021. The epidemic of firearm violence impacts children across the state, as it remains the number one cause of death in children and youth across Illinois. In some of our previous reports, Chicago parents identified gun violence as their top social concern for kids in the city, and in recent years, they reported it was the main social problem getting worse the fastest for Chicago youth.

Swimming and Water Safety For Chicago Families

June 16, 2021

Everyday Experiences of Discrimination Among Chicago Parents

May 13, 2021

Discrimination in general, and racism specifically, have profound negative effects on health, for adults and children alike. The impact of discrimination has come into sharp focus over the last year as the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the effects of systemic racism on health.

Even before the pandemic, for the past two years, Chicago parents identified discrimination and racism as top social concerns for youth in Chicago. In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we focus on parents’ own experiences of “everyday discrimination,” defined as unfair treatment that is chronic, routine and occurs in everyday life. We asked over 1,500 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city about their experiences with everyday discrimination, as well as other family demographic and health questions.

Youth Mental Health in Chicago During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 01, 2021

Parents, clinicians and the public have been concerned about the impact of the pandemic on youth mental and behavioral health. Children and parents in the United States have reported worsening behavioral health since the pandemic started in March 2020. Here in Chicago, hospitals have reported that emergency department visits and hospitalizations for mental health concerns have increased substantially during the pandemic, as have requests for youth psychiatric services. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago parents listed mental health issues as their top concerns for youth health for the past two years. Additionally, local data indicate that that the number of mood and depressive disorder hospitalizations for youth and teens has been increasing over the last two decades.

Parenting Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 25, 2021

Parenting — even under normal circumstances — comes with challenges, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents have faced unprecedented challenges raising their families. Heightened concerns about their family’s health, navigating remote learning and remaining socially distant from loved ones and friends are just a few of the challenges parents have faced over the last 11 months. Recent research has shown that the pandemic has been particularly stressful for American parents, who reported feeling significantly higher levels of stress than adults without children. However, parental support may have a protective effect on parental stress during the pandemic.

Parent-Child Communication About Substance Use

February 02, 2021

For this Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we focus on parents’ communication with their children about substance use. We asked parents questions about youth substance use such as: “Do you have clear rules for your child about alcohol and drug use?”; “In the past year, have you talked with your child about NOT using the following [substances]?”; and, “Do you believe you would know if your child had been doing the following [behaviors]?” We also asked parents questions about their family and their family’s health.

Bullying Prevention and Social Emotional Learning in Childhood and Adolescence

December 29, 2020

Childhood bullying — or peer victimization — is unwanted, repeated behavior directed at a child or group of children causing physical, mental, psychological, emotional and/or spiritual harm. Peer victimization can result in many short- and long-term consequences that affect health, learning and development. To understand and effectively respond to bullying, contextual factors such as peer group dynamics, modern technology and changing societal norms must be considered.

Chicago Parents’ Intentions to Vaccinate their Children Against COVID-19

November 29, 2020

 

Chicago has experienced high case rates of COVID-19, and parents in Chicago have high levels of concern about COVID-19 affecting their families' health. In this report, we explore parents' intentions to get a COVID-19 vaccine for their children if a vaccine becomes available. At the time that parents were surveyed for this report (May-July 2020), COVID-19 vaccines were in testing phases but none were yet approved for use. 

For this report, we asked over 1,600 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the city, "How likely would you be to get you and/or your child(ren) vaccinated against coronavirus/COVID-19, if a vaccine were available?" We also asked about their family and their family's health.

Parental Concern and Trusted Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 29, 2020

The data in this report come from a newly launched survey project, the Voices of Child Health in Chicago Parent Panel Survey. Through this new project, we are surveying Chicago parents several times each year about health and well-being topics that impact Chicago children and families, and we will release regular reports on these data. For this report, we asked parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago how concerned they were about the COVID-19 pandemic, and how much confidence they have in information about COVID-19 from different sources. We surveyed families from May–July 2020.

How healthy are Chicago parents?

September 30, 2020

Parent health is a topic closely connected to children’s health, and research has shown that when parents are healthier and have healthy habits, their kids tend to be healthier and have healthy habits too. Additionally, in our previous reports we have seen that one of Chicagoans’ top concerns for youth health is how parents’ health may impact their children’s health. That’s why, in this Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we are diverging from our typical focus on child and adolescent health and instead focusing on parent health. To do this, researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018–19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago about their own health and health-related behaviors.

Data Brief: Chicago Parents' Attitudes about Youth Vaping

September 08, 2020

86% of Chicago parents think state or city government should create policy to prevent youth vaping

In a survey conducted by Voices of Child Health in Chicago at Ann Robert H. Children’s Hospital, 1,642 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the City of Chicago were asked about their attitudes on policy to prevent youth vaping. Specifically, parents were asked:

“Do you think the state or city government should create policy to help prevent youth vaping or e-cigarette use?”

Child Vision Testing in Chicago

August 26, 2020

Vision screening in children is a critical tool that aids in early detection of vision problems. Early detection is important because it has been shown to reduce the risk of vision loss at age 7 by 50%. Furthermore, children with undetected vision problems have lower academic performance than children with good vision. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that starting at age one, children should have visual acuity testing using age appropriate “optotypes” such as pictures, shapes or letters. Children younger than 1 year old should have their vision examined through methods such as external inspection of the eyes and examination of the pupils.

Childhood Asthma in Chicago

July 31, 2020

Nationally, asthma is the third leading cause of preventable hospitalizations for children, and children with asthma miss twice as many schools days as other children. Asthma is also the most common serious chronic disease for infants and children. To examine childhood asthma in Chicago, researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago whether their children had asthma. 

On Father's Day: Examining Dads' and Kid's Health

June 17, 2020

Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives and research shows that when dads are more involved in caring for their kids, it benefits the whole family. Researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask dads (34%) and moms (66%)  from all 77 community areas in Chicago about issues related to parenting, youth health, and family health.

Youth Health and Social Problems Getting Worse the Fastest in Chicago

May 20, 2020

In this report, we explore which youth health and social issues parents in Chicago considered to be the problems that were getting worse the fastest. Researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago about health and social issues facing youth in Chicago.

Child Health Status in Chicago

March 25, 2020

In this Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we explore child health and how it is associated with factors at the family level, such as parent health, household income, and race and ethnicity, and with factors at the neighborhood level, such as local park use and perceptions of neighborhood safety. To learn more about these topics, researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago about their children’s health and their own health.

Child and Family Dental Health in Chicago

February 26, 2020

In this report, we examine child dental health as well as parent dental health in Chicago. Researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago whether their child had a preventive dental visit in the last year, and whether parents themselves had a preventive dental visit.

Children with Special Health Care Needs in Chicago

December 19, 2019

In this report, we explore the issue of children with special healthcare needs in Chicago. Researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018–19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. to ask parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago about their children’s health. Specifically, we asked parents, “Is your child/Are any of your children limited or prevented in any way in his or her/their ability to do the things most children of the same age can do?” We also asked parents questions about their own health.

Chicago Parents Identify the Top 10 Social Issues Affecting Youth 2018-19

December 2, 2019

Children and adolescents in Chicago continue to face many social challenges. In our second wave of data collection, we again asked parents in Chicago which social issues they were most concerned about for youth in the city. To do this, researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago which social problems they considered to be “big problems” for all children and adolescents in Chicago – not just for their own kids.

Chicago Adults' Concerns about Youth Drug Use

October 28, 2019

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention month. In Chicago, drug use among youth has been a top concern among parents and adults in Chicago in both 2018 and 2019. In this report, we explore this issue in more depth. Researchers at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2018-19 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked adults whether they considered drug use a “big problem” facing Chicago youth, and if so, what drug they were most concerned about. We also asked adults questions about themselves and their families.

Chicago Adults Identify the Top 10 Health Problems Facing Chicago Youth 2018-2019

September 19, 2019

Last year, the first Voices of Child Health in Chicago report covered the “Top 10” health problems facing Chicago youth as identified by Chicago adults. This year, we asked adults across the city about this topic again, enabling us to explore trends in attitudes about child and adolescent health issues over time. For instance, many of the Top 10 health problems remained the same from 2017-18 to 2018-19, but there were some changes.

The Family Context of Health for Youth

August 26, 2109

In this month’s Voices of Child Health in Chicago report, we examine how parent health is associated with their children’s health, then we explore how factors such as parent health insurance are associated with child health. To learn more about these issues, Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked 1,002 Chicago parents and guardians (referred to here as parents) to report on their own health and the health of their children.

Food Access, Parents' Nutrition and Challenges to Healthy Eating for Kids

July 29, 2019

In this second report in our two part series on challenges to healthy eating for kids, we explore how challenges to healthy eating for kids are connected to family variables and parents’ weight and nutrition. To learn more about these issues, Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teamed up with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr. We asked 1,002 Chicago parents and guardians (referred to here as parents) about challenges to healthy eating for their children. We also asked parents questions about their families and their own health and nutrition.

Challenges to Healthy Eating for Kids

June 14, 2019

June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. We know that getting kids to eat healthy foods such as vegetables can be a challenge for parents. But promoting healthy nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for children and adolescents is important to prevent childhood obesity and establish healthy habits that last into adulthood. To learn more about challenges to healthy eating for youth in Chicago, Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) teamed up on the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, J. In this report, we share results about challenges Chicago parents face in getting their children to eat a healthy foods.

Parent Concerns about Bullying and Cyberbullying

April 22, 2019

In the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr., Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) teamed up to learn more about child health in the city. In this report, we share results about parental concern about bullying and cyberbullying in Chicago.

Parental Paid Leave and Youth Health in Chicago

March 25, 2019

In the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr., Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) teamed up to learn more about child health in the city. In this report, we share results about parental paid leave and youth health in Chicago.

Chicago Parents Identify the Top 10 Social Issues Affecting Youth in the City

February 22, 2019

In the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr., Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) teamed up to learn more about child health in the city. Individuals were asked which social issues are "big problems" for children and adolescents in the city—not just their own kids. Here we list the Top 10 social issues for children and adolescents in Chicago, as seen by parents in Chicago. 

Chicago Parents’ Behaviors and Beliefs about their Children’s Flu Vaccinations

January 17, 2019

In the 2017-18 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr., Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) teamed up to learn more about child health in the city. In this report, we share results about parents’ decisions regarding their children’s vaccination against flu.

Adults Across the City Identify the Top 10 Health Problems for Youth in Chicago

December 3, 2018

Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) conducted a telephone survey of 3,310 adult Chicagoans in 2017-2018. Individuals were asked what their biggest concerns were for the health of children in Chicago. Here we list the Top 10 health problems for children and adolescents in Chicago, as seen by the people of the city.