The Health indicators present information on children's diseases, conditions, and outcomes that may potentially be influenced by environmental exposures. Many factors contribute to children's health, including genetic inheritance, nutrition, and exercise, among others. The adverse health consequences of some environmental exposures may occur through interactions with these other risk factors, and it is often difficult to determine the extent to which the environment (or any other factor) contributes to children's health outcomes of concern.
The ACE Health indicators address the following topics:
The prevalence of asthma among children, and the frequency with which children experienced asthma or respiratory symptoms resulting in an emergency room visit or hospitalization.
Broad trends in childhood cancer incidence and mortality over time, and detailed information about the incidence of specific types of cancer in children.
The prevalence of children reported to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and intellectual disability.
The prevalence of obesity among children, and the current prevalence of obesity by race/ethnicity and family income.
Adverse Birth Outcomes
The rates of babies born preterm birth and at term with low birth weight over time, by race/ethnicity.