Growing evidence on how neighborhoods affect child health has primarily focused on neighborhood socioeconomic factors, such as poverty or income. However, other neighborhood risks and resources can also influence healthy child development. The Child Opportunity Index (COI) is a measure of children’s neighborhood environment that considers multiple neighborhood influences on children. The COI incorporates 19 indicators organized across three domains: educational; health and environmental; and socioeconomic opportunity.
- Provide an overview of how and why the COI was developed
- Discuss examples of how clinicians, researchers, healthcare and public health systems have used the COI to understand and address child health disparities
- Address participant questions about how to use the COI or other neighborhood-level metrics to measure, monitor, and improve the social determinants of child health.
Andrew Beck, MD, MPH
Attending Physician, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Ellen Kersten, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Clemens Noelke, PhD
Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
Alexandra Rothenburger, MPA
Manager, Strategic and Policy Analytics
Children's Hospital Association