What is PedNSS/PNSS?
What is PedNSS?
The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) is a child-based public
health surveillance system that describes the nutritional status of low-income
U.S. children who attend federally-funded maternal and child health and
nutrition programs. PedNSS provides data on the prevalence and trends of
PedNSS uses existing data from the following public health programs for
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT)
- Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH).
A majority of the data are from the WIC program that serves children up
to age 5.
Data on birthweight, short stature, underweight, overweight, anemia,
and breastfeeding are collected for infants, children, and adolescents
from birth to 20 years of age who go to public health clinics for routine
care, nutrition education, and supplemental foods.
The PedNSS provides nutrition surveillance reports for the nation
defined as "all participating contributors" as well as for each
contributor. A contributor may be a state, U.S. territory, or tribal
government. Each contributor can receive more specific reports by clinic,
county, local agency, region, or metropolitan area.
The goal of PedNSS is to collect, analyze, and disseminate data to
guide public health policy and action. PedNSS information is used for
priority setting and the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating specific
public health programs.