2017 Child Health Report Card Grades Range From A to F
Each year, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, an independent, nonpartisan agency, and North Carolina Child, a statewide child advocacy organization, issue a health report card that tracks key indicators of child health in four areas: healthy births, access to care, safe homes and neighborhoods, and health risk factors. The report provides data on such health concerns and risk factors as asthma, teen births, infant mortality, poverty and child deaths.
Below is a summary of grades in this year’s report:
A – Insurance coverage
B – Breast-feeding, immunization, postpartum health, teen pregnancy and family involvement
C – Preconception health, maternal health and support, health services utilization, housing and neighborhood stability, child abuse and neglect, education, environmental health, child fatality and oral health
D – Birth outcomes; children in out-of-home care; healthy eating and active living; tobacco, alcohol and substance use; school health and mental health
F – Economic security
For more information, search for “2017 Health Report Card” at visit ncchild.org.
Katherine Kopp is a Chapel Hill-based writer who specializes in health issues.