New York State Community Health Indicator Reports - About Child and Adolescent Health

Indicator/Contact for information Data Source Definition
Childhood mortality rate: aged 1-4, aged 5-9, aged 10-14, aged 5-14 and aged 15-19 year per 100,000

Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189
Vital Records a
NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of deaths in a particular age group per 100,000 children in that age group.
Asthma hospitalization rate, aged 0-4, aged 5-14 and aged 0-17 per 10,000

Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189.
Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System - SPARCS b
NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of hospitalizations for asthma in a particular age group per 10,000 population in that age group. The ICD-9 code for asthma is 493.
Gastroenteritis Hospitalization rate aged 0-4 per 10,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189
Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System - SPARCS b
NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of hospitalizations for gastroenteritis among children aged 0-4 years per 10,000 children aged 0-4 years. The ICD-9 codes for gastroenteritis are: 008.6, 008.8, 009.0-009.3, and 558.9.
Otitis Media Hospitalization rate aged 0-4 per 10,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189
Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System - SPARCS bNYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics The number of hospitalizations for otitis media among children aged 0 - 4 years per 10,000 children aged 0-4 years. The ICD-9 codes for otitis media are: 381 - 382
Pneumonia Hospitalization rates aged 0-4 per 10,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189
Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System - SPARCS b
NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of hospitalizations for pneumonia- among children aged 0 - 4 years per 10,000 children aged 0-4 years. The ICD-9 codes for pneumonia are: 480 - 486.
Percentages of children with a lead screening between 9 to less than 18 months and 36 months1

Contact: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at
(518) 402-7600
NYS Child Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program c The percentages of children in a birth cohort screen for a high blood lead level at least once before 9 months, at least once before 18 months and at least twice before age 36 months.
Incidence of confirmed high blood lead level (10 micrograms or higher per deciliter) - rate per 1,000 tested children aged less than 72 months.2

Contact: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at
(518) 402-7600
NYS Child Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Programc The proportion of children newly identified with a confirmed elevated blood lead level of 10 µg/dL or greater per 1,000 children among children less than 72 months tested in the given time frame.

Data notes:

a Vital Records:
Information is collected from birth, death and fetal death certificates. Records with missing information for the indicator of interest are excluded when calculating rates and percentages for that indicator. Population based rates use population estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. ICD-10 codes are used for cause of death.
In 2008, New York City Vital Records adopted the National Center for Health Statistics standard birth certificate. This certificate has been used for births occurring in New York State outside of New York City since 2004. According to the New York City Health Department publication, Summary of Vital Statistics 2008 1, the use of the new certificate has resulted in some data quality concerns. A combination of poor data quality and hospital staff adaptation to the new data entry system and worksheets affected data quality. There is a potential for variables such as prenatal care and race/ethnicity to be impacted by a larger than normal number of unknowns and miscoding. Caution should be used when comparing the 2008 data to previous years.
b Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS:
Information about hospitalizations is collected through the hospital inpatient discharge data system. Each hospitalization receives an ICD-9 code at discharge that indicates the primary reason for the hospitalization. There are also up to 14 other diagnosis codes recorded to further describe the hospitalization. Statistics presented in these tables are based on the primary diagnosis unless otherwise noted. This data system does not include information about events that did not result in a hospitalization, such as cases that were only treated in a hospital emergency room. Numbers and rates are based on the number of hospitalizations that occurred and not the number of individuals who were hospitalized.
c The New York State Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
This program collects and analyzes statewide data on the extent and severity of childhood lead poisoning.
1 The Indicator:
Percentage of children screened by age 9 months, 18 months and 36 months - These three percentages present, for a single birth cohort, the percentages of children who had their blood lead level tested at least once by age 9 months, at least once by age 18 months and at least twice by age 36 months.
2Incidence rate:
The number of children identified for the first time with a confirmed elevated blood lead level before age 72 months (≥10µg/dL) divided by the number of children that had a screening test in that given test year. Only children who did not previously have a confirmed elevated blood lead level are included in the screening denominator. This proportion is then multiplied by 1000 to represent the average number of children newly identified per 1000 children tested in the given time frame.