ERIC Number: ED473510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Oregon's Children: 2002 County Data Book. Special Focus: Health and Safety.
Children First for Oregon, Portland.
This Kids Count data book examines trends in the well-being of Oregons children, focusing on child health, nutrition, and child safety. This statistical portrait is based on 17 indicators of child well-being: (1) child care supply; (2) third grade reading proficiency; (3) third grade math proficiency; (4) juvenile arrests; (5) suicide attempts; (6) high school dropouts; (7) eighth grade reading proficiency; (8) eighth grade math proficiency; (9) teen pregnancy; (10) infant mortality; (11) early prenatal care; (12) childhood poverty; (13) unemployment (14) court-ordered child support payments paid; (15) child abuse and neglect victims; (16) threat of harm victims; and (17) crimes against persons. The data book's introductory section discusses the need to strengthen families to prevent child abuse; the need to close gaps in health care policy by increasing the number of children with insurance, strengthening prenatal care provision, and improving immunization rates; and the need to reduce child hunger. The remainder of the data book presents indicator data for the state and for each county. County data tables compare the current measure for each indicator to its 5-year average and with the state level. Overall, the data book's findings indicate that the rate of child abuse/neglect was 9.6 per 1,000 children, with 49 percent of victims being under age 6. Major family stressors in abuse/neglect cases included drug or alcohol abuse, parental involvement with a law enforcement agency, and domestic violence. Nine percent of Oregon children have no health insurance. Two-thirds of teen mothers receive early prenatal care. Seventy-two percent of eighth graders do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and 28 percent are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The data book concludes with data notes, data sources, and definitions. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Safety, Children, Counties, Delinquency, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Educational Indicators, Immunization Programs, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, Nutrition, Obesity, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Social Indicators, Suicide, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Well Being
Children First for Oregon, P.O. Box 14914, Portland, OR 97205. Tel: 503-236-9754; Fax: 503-236-3048; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cffo.org. For full text: http://www.cffo.org/publications.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Children First for Oregon, Portland.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon