Comparison of Pediatric Care at CHCs During COVID-19 Compared to Previous Year
Key Takeaways from Data*:
Well Child Visits:
- Compared to the previous year, well child visits fell sharply in March and April, but by late spring visits were rebounding across all age groups.
- CHCs prioritized well child visits for children ages 0-4 during the peak months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Behavioral Health Issues Identified at Well Child Visits:
- Beginning in April, the proportion of well child visits where behavioral health issues were identified was higher in 2020 compared to 2019. While this could reflect greater behavioral needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also possible that fewer children without behavioral health needs were attending well child visits during this time.
Behavioral Health Visits:
- Although behavioral health visits also decreased as compared to the previous year, the decline was less pronounced than for well child visits. The rebound in behavioral health visits was also sharper, with numbers approaching those of the prior year.
- Relative to other age groups, a greater percentage of behavioral health visits occurred with school-aged children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to 2019.
*Data are aggregated across the Cohort 1 TEAM UP CHCs