To A Year of Improved Health and Social Well Being

January 11, 2018


From Edward Schor, MD, Senior Vice President at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

We all play a role in helping children reach their maximum health potential. This year let us renew our deep commitment to supporting physical and mental health for children. Optimal health is just one part of a continuous cycle in which we can all make an impact—positive behaviors and supportive relationships contribute to improved developmental and educational attainment. In turn, improved development is a stepping stone to economic self-sufficiency and healthful living. This cycle propels our children to healthy and happy lives.

One thing we know for certain is that variation in economic and social resources is associated with significant health disparities. Social structures, the supports we give to children and their families, greatly influence how our children will fare. Kidsdata provides data on social factors such as having adequate food, shelter, and health care access. These factors indicate how well a state or community is creating systems and supports that help children advance through this cycle of health.

We are excited to see how you will use these data to take action! Be sure to check out our new resource (PDF) that provides a great overview of all the information we have including topics, demographic breakdowns, geographic regions, and timeframes.

Here’s to a year of improved health and social well being!


Stay Up To Date With Kidsdata 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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