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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | Nov. 19, 2010

Just Added to Kidsdata.org: CA Falls Short on Health Care System for Kids with Special Health Care Needs

Kidsdata.org has just added wide-ranging data – dozens of measures in all – on the approximately 1.4 million children in California who have a special health care need.

These new indicators are drawn in part from a just released study which found that California ranks at or near the bottom compared to other states on multiple measures of how well these children are faring. The report, Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Profile of Key Issues in California, was commissioned by our foundation and prepared by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. 

More Than 80 Measures of CA Children with Special Needs

Data available on kidsdata.org regarding children with special health care needs (CSHCN) cover a range of topics, including the types of conditions these children have, their rates of insurance coverage, the quality of care they get, and many more. These data are available at the state level, with a U.S. comparison.

Join a New Statewide Collaborative

The report’s findings will come as no surprise to those who care for, or work with, children with special health care needs. To help address the issues identified in the report, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is establishing the California Collaborative for Children with Special Health Care Needs. The goal of the collaborative is to create a shared agenda and advocate for meaningful and lasting system change – including improving measures of how these children are faring. Read a blog post from foundation President and CEO David Alexander, MD, about this collaborative and sign up to be part of this work

Help Spread the Word

Kidsdata.org is designed to benefit everyone working on behalf of children and youth in California. To help others learn about this valuable resource, you can:

  • Forward this note to your colleagues and friends.
  • Help bring attention to children in your community by adding a link and facts from kidsdata.org to your organization’s website or newsletter. You can even link directly to data for your community.

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Kidsdata.org is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.

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