Kidsdata has released new, wide-ranging data on children with special health care needs (CSHCN) for California counties and cities, in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.
Notable findings from all data about CSHCN include:
- 36 percent of CSHCN in California receive care within a medical home, compared to 47 percent nationwide
- 32 percent of black children had a special health care need, compared to 24 percent nationwide
- 12 percent of CSHCN in California repeated a grade in school compared to 15 percent nationwide
- 34 percent of CSHCN in California are overweight or obese, with central valley counties, as well as San Francisco County, showing the highest rates of obesity among counties with data.
Like all children, CSHCN need ready access to appropriate medical care, educational opportunities, and, sometimes, social services. By providing local estimates of demographics, insurance coverage, impact on families and quality of care, the new data give us a deeper understanding of the disparities and needs within this community.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Children with Special Health Care Needs, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
California Children’s Services (CCS) Redesign: Whole-Child Model, California Dept. of Health Care Services
Children’s Mental Health Report, Child Mind Institute
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