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NC CHAMP Mission and Goals
The mission of the Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) is to meet the health surveillance needs of North Carolina for children and adolescents from birth through age 17. To carry out this mission, NC CHAMP has established the following goals:
Begun in January 2005, NC CHAMP is the first survey of its kind in North Carolina to measure the health characteristics of children, ages 0 to 17. NC CHAMP operates through the State Center for Health Statistics’ (SCHS) Survey Center and is a follow-up survey of North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS) in households with children. The methodology is modeled after the BRFSS, which has been used and evaluated by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and participating states since 1984. The BRFSS is a federally supported annual survey that assesses health characteristics of adults age 18 and older and that utilizes a random-digit-dial (RDD) computer-assisted-telephone-interviewing (CATI) system. Eligible children for the NC CHAMP survey are drawn each month from the NC BRFSS telephone survey of adults. All adult respondents with children living in their households are invited to participate in the NC CHAMP survey. One child in each household is randomly selected through a computerized randomization procedure, and the adult most knowledgeable about the health of the selected child is interviewed in a follow-up survey. All questions about the selected child are answered only by the most knowledgeable adult. NC CHAMP surveys are conducted annually in both English and Spanish.
NC CHAMP Survey
Survey items are revised each year to meet the child health surveillance needs of North Carolina and pertain to a wide variety of health-related topics. A list of survey topics included on previous NC CHAMP surveys can be found here. Questions to be included in the NC CHAMP survey are solicited from the North Carolina public health community on an annual basis. Agencies outside of the Division of Public Health have the opportunity to sponsor questions for a fee. Policy and forms on how to add data items to the survey are available on the CHAMP Web Site. The deadline for applications for NC CHAMP questions is July 1. The final decisions on which questions will be included in the survey are made by September 1 of the year preceding the survey.
How can CHAMP data be used?
By collecting health information on children, the NC CHAMP survey contributes to a seamless health data system for all North Carolina citizens from birth to old age. NC CHAMP data is used by child health professionals across the state of North Carolina to monitor child health status, identify child health problems, and evaluate child health programs and services. NC CHAMP is a primary resource used to provide information for various fact sheets, printed materials, and presentations made by Program Staff within the North Carolina Division of Public Health, including surveillance updates and epidemiologic health reports. Collected annually, the NC CHAMP survey data are a valuable tool that may be used to monitor progress towards selected health targets, such as Healthy Carolinians 2010 and 2020.
NC CHAMP provides valid and reliable data on health issues of North Carolina children that can be used to:
NC CHAMP gratefully acknowledges the core support of the federally funded Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. Additional funding and support has been provided by a number of agencies, programs and departments, including:
North Carolina Public Health Agencies:
University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill:
Sponsor links are available under CHAMP Resources.
Page Last Updated March 09, 2012