National Survey of Children’s Health

Topic/focus: General Health and Nutrition
Year(s): 2003, 2007
Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Study and sample characteristics: Interview
Universe: Non-institutionalized children ages 0 - 17
Variables: n/a
Access: Registration and data use agreement required, online summaries are available
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Survey of Children’s Health
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The National Survey of Children's Health is a national survey that was conducted by telephone in English and Spanish for the first time in 2003 - 2004. A second survey was fielded in 2007 - 2008 and the survey is being conducted for a third time in 2011. The survey provides a broad range of information about children's health and well-being collected in a manner that allows for comparisons between states and at the national level. Telephone numbers are called at random to identify households with one or more children under 18 years old. In each household, one child was randomly selected to be the subject of the interview. The survey results are weighted to represent the population of non-institutionalized children 0 - 17 nationally and in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.