In addition to interviewing a sample of caregivers of young children accessing care in Children's HealthWatch medical centers, Children's HealthWatch continuously monitors the medical records of over 30,000 patient-visits per year of children in emergency departments and acute clinics in the participating medical centers. Records are pulled, reviewed and entered on a daily basis into a secure web site system established and maintained by the Boston University School of Public Health's Data Coordinating Center. On a weekly basis, children with weight-for-age less than the fifth percentile (according to NCHS growth Charts) and weight-for-height less than the tenth percentile are 'flagged' by the Data Coordinating Center and the information is provided to the Children's HealthWatch staff at each site. Children's HealthWatch staff evaluate the medical records of these flagged children and notify the child's medical providers or parents of the risk for growth problems.
Children's HealthWatch aims to effectively direct interventions for children at-risk of growth and nutrition problems. Another important goal of Children's HealthWatch is to educate, inform and empower families through specially designed site outreach programs.