The COVID-19 Follow-Up Study (CHW-COVID) builds upon previous research and recruitment conducted by Children’s HealthWatch on associations between economic hardships, public assistance programs, and the health of young children and their families. It is a longitudinal study. Interviewers conduct a series of phone surveys over a period of 12 months with families who previously participated in the main Children’s HealthWatch survey between January 2018 and March 2020.
CHW-COVID uses a COVID-19-focused tool to assess child and caregiver health status, employment and child care changes, health care access, public program participation, and current and future family hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic downturn. Paired with the detailed existing Children’s HealthWatch cross-sectional dataset, these new data will help us understand:
- How families’ economic well-being and children’s and adults’ health may have changed since the COVID19 crisis,
- Which policies worked to alleviate hardship and support child and adult health and avenues for policy change going forward.