Through its new five-year agenda, the TCNY 2016 preliminary plan aims to track the health of New York City’s children, because health and well-being during the early years often sets a trajectory for health throughout the life span. While the selected key indicators are not comprehensive indicators of child health, they represent significant health issues that are amenable to improvement through citywide efforts.
Much of the groundwork for lifelong physical health is laid in infancy. Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life confers many physical and psychological health benefits.
Timely receipt of recommended vaccinations is a measure not just of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases but also of receipt of other routine preventive care.
The childhood obesity rate is a marker for children's access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, as well as an indicator of lifelong cardiovascular disease risk.
Asthma is a leading cause of hospitalization among New York City’s school-age children and a major cause of missed school days. The rate of asthma hospitalizations is a marker for a healthy environment (especially a home environment free of pests and tobacco smoke) as well as receipt of preventive medical care.