MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
VIRGINIA OVERVIEW

This collection of reports presents a comprehensive overview of maternal and children's health data in Virginia. Choose a topic to explore: 

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Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse group of children aged birth to 21 years, ranging from those with chronic conditions to those with medically complex health issues and children with behavioral and emotional needs. The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHIP) defines CYSHCN as children who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) provides national and state level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. These data are essential to understanding the health status and health services needs of children. The goal of the NSCH is to produce national and state-level data on the physical and emotional health of American children 0 - 17 years old (including CYSHCN). The survey collects information on factors related to the health and well-being of children, and provides state, regional, and national estimates for federal and state performance measures and needs assessments. In 2016, the survey underwent a significant redesign, therefore data from previous years are not used in this report for comparison. Also, note that the NSCH surveys parents of children aged 0 - 17 years, rather than the children directly.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Title V Maternal and Child Health Service Block Grant Project Director, Carla Hegwood at carla.hegwood@vdh.virginia.gov.