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Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP)

Overview

The Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) is the first survey of its kind in North Carolina to measure the health characteristics of children, ages 0 through 17. By collecting data on children, CHAMP contributes to a seamless health data system for all North Carolina citizens from birth to old age. The CHAMP survey was first developed in the fall of 2004 and has been implemented annually since January 2005. Conducted in both English and Spanish, the CHAMP surveys are revised each year to meet the child health surveillance needs of North Carolina.

Eligible children for the CHAMP survey are drawn each month from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (N.C. BRFSS) telephone survey of adults, ages 18 and older. All adult respondents with children living in their households are invited to participate in the CHAMP survey. One child is randomly selected from the household, and the adult most knowledgeable about the health of the selected child is interviewed in a follow up survey.

Questions on the CHAMP survey pertain to a wide variety of health-related topics, including breast feeding, early childhood development, access to health care, oral health, mental health, physical health, nutrition, physical activity, family involvement and parent opinion on topics such as tobacco and childhood obesity. This annual survey provides valid and reliable data on health issues of North Carolina children that can be used to monitor child health status and identify priority areas at the state level; help track progress of health programs over time and assist in altering programs to best meet the needs of North Carolinians; assist health professionals in making evidence-based decisions, policies and program strategies and monitor progress towards selected health targets, such as Healthy Carolinians 2010 and 2020.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program is to meet the health surveillance needs of North Carolina for children and adolescents from birth through age 17. To carry out this mission, N.C. CHAMP has established the following goals:

  • Monitor the status of child health (ages 0 through 17) and identify child health problems in North Carolina.
  • Measure parents’ perspectives on child health issues.
  • Provide accurate and valid data to inform evidence-based decisions, strategies and policies to improve child health.
  • Assess relationships between parent health and child health, and inform family-centered approaches to improve child health.