ERIC Number: ED459010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina Child Health Report Card, 2001.
Vitaglione, Tom; Weisner, Kristie
This seventh annual report card is produced to heighten awareness of the health of the children of North Carolina by summarizing important child health indicators. The report is intended to assist health administrators, legislators, and family advocates in their efforts to improve the health and safety of children statewide. Data are presented for the most current year available and a comparative year (usually 1995) as a benchmark. The following indicators are used: (1) insurance coverage; (2) infant mortality; (3) low birth-weight infants; (4) immunization rates; (5) communicable diseases; (6) environmental health; (7) dental health; (8) early intervention; (9) child abuse and neglect; (10) deaths due to injury; (11) alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse; (12) physical fitness; (13) obesity; and (14) teen pregnancy. Grades are assigned for each indicator based either on the percentage change in an indicator's current data in relation to the same indicator in a prior year, or on a general consensus among the sponsoring organizations. The report notes that for several indicators--including infant and child death rates, uninsured rates, the immunization rate--the data are the best ever reported. However, for several other indicators--including child abuse and neglect, child abuse homicides, asthma, obesity in low-income children, and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances--the data remain extremely worrisome. The report concludes with data notes and definitions. (HTH)
Descriptors: Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Children, Communicable Diseases, Early Intervention, Early Parenthood, Health Insurance, Immunization Programs, Infant Mortality, Low Income Groups, Mortality Rate, Obesity, Physical Fitness, Prenatal Care, Social Indicators, Substance Abuse, Well Being
North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, 311 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Tel: 919-834-6623, ext. 233; Fax: 919-829-7299. For full text: http://www.ncchild.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Child Advocacy Inst., Raleigh.; North Carolina Inst. of Medicine, Durham.; North Carolina State Dept. of Health and Human Services, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina