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

Contact the Public Health Information Group, at (518) 474-2543 for information about the indicators produced for this report.

Health Indicator Description and Definition Data Source and Program Contact Information
Childhood mortality rate: aged 1-4, aged 5-9, aged 10-14, aged 5-14 and aged 15-19 year per 100,000 The number of deaths in a particular age group per 100,000 children in that age group. Vital Statistics Unit a
Bureau of Outcomes Research,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: bio-info@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 486-9012
Asthma hospitalization rate, aged 0-4, aged 5-14 and aged 0-17 per 10,000 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. Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) b
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: SPARCS@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Gastroenteritis hospitalization rate per 10,000 - Aged 0-4 years 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. Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) b
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: SPARCS@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Otitis media hospitalization rate per 10,000 - Aged 0-4 years 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 Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) b
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: SPARCS@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Pneumonia hospitalization rate per 10,000 - Aged 0-4 years 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. NYS Child Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program c

Contact: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at
(518) 402-7600
Percentages of children with a lead screening between 9 to less than 18 months and 36 months 1 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. NYS Child Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program c

Contact: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at
(518) 402-7600
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 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. NYS Child Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program c

Contact: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at
(518) 402-7600
Percentage of children with recommended number of well child visits in government sponsored insurance programs The percentage of children aged 0-15 months, 3-6 years and 12-21 years in the Medicaid and Child Health Plus programs who have had the recommended number of well-child visits. NYSDOH Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Data Notes:

a Vital Records (Vital Statistics):
Vital Event Registration:
New York State consists of two registration areas, New York City and New York State Exclusive of New York City (also referred as Rest of State). New York City (NYC) includes the five counties of Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island); the remaining 57 counties comprise New York State Exclusive of New York City. The Bureau of Vital Records, New York State Department of Health, processes data from live birth, death, fetal death and marriage certificates recorded in New York State Exclusive of New York City. Through a cooperative agreement, the New York State Department of Health receives data on live births, deaths, and fetal deaths recorded in New York City from the New York City Department of Health and on live births and deaths recorded outside of New York State to residents of New York State from other states and Canada.
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.
2 Incidence 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.