The Kidsdata News Roundup
From: The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | July 21, 2011


Longer Maternity Leaves Mean More Breastfeeding, Study Finds
(WSJ, 6/1/11, by Peck)

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In 2009, 52 percent of California newborns breastfed exclusively (no formula) in the hospital after birth.

U.S. Birth Rate Fell Again in 2010 Due to Weak Economy, According to Center for Disease Control Figures
(AP, 6/16/11)

More Than Half of U.S. Babies Are Minorities, Census Estimates Show
(SJ Mercury, 6/23/11, by Yen)

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In California, the estimated child population has held steady in recent years, at about 10 million. Children of color represented nearly 70 percent of California's child population in 2009.

Dental Care
Tooth Decay Prevalent Among Poor Children, Government Figures Show
(LA Times, 7/1/11, by Mascarelli)

Authorizing New Types of Dental Providers Would Allow More California Kids to See a Dentist

(California HealthLine, 6/6/11, by Gorn)

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In 2007, about 13 percent of California children had never visited a dentist, and about 20% of kids did not have dental insurance.

Family Structure
Study: Dads Spend More Time with Children Now Than 50 Years Ago
(AP, 6/16/11, by Yen)

Study Finds Health Disparities for Single Mothers
(NY Times, 6/13/11, by Rabin)

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About 9 percent of households with children in California were headed by single fathers in 2009.

About 52 percent of African American households with children in California were headed by single mothers in 2007-09, more than any other racial/ethnic group.

Health Insurance
First Study of Its Kind Shows Major Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor
(NY Times, 7/7/11, by Kolata)

Opinion: For Children on Medicaid, the Doctor Is Out

(NY Times, 6/16/11, by Parker-Pope)

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In California, almost 40 percent of children were covered by Medi-Cal or other public health insurance in 2009, up from 29% in 2001.

Report: California's Kindergartner Vaccination Rates Below Federal Goals
(LA Times, 6/2/11, by Lin II)

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In 10 California counties, more than 15 percent of kindergartners did not have all required immunizations, according to 2008 data.

Study: Youth of Color Spend More Time Consuming Media Than White Youth
(New America Media, 6/10/11)

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According to a 2010 survey commissioned by our foundation, parents of 24 percent of California kids said that media (TV, movies, music) has a negative impact on their child. However, parents of 57 percent of kids said media has a positive influence.

USDA Replaces Food Pyramid with ‘MyPlate’ to Promote Healthier Eating
(Washington Post, 6/2/11, by Walsh)

CDC: 1 in 4 High School Students Drinks Soda Everyday
(SJ Mercury, 6/16/11, by Stobbe)

See the Data: In California, 69 percent of 5th and 7th graders, and 71 percent of 9th graders, were at a healthy weight in 2010.

More Teens Die in Traffic Accidents in the Summer Months, Statistics Show
(Auburn Journal, 6/21/11, by Read)

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Unintentional injuries (including traffic accidents) were the leading cause of death for California teenagers ages 15-19 in 2007.

Special Health Care Needs
Food Allergies May Affect Nearly 6 Million U.S. Children, Study Estimates
(LA Times, 6/20/11, by Cevallos)

Opinion: Transition for Adolescents Between Pediatrics and Adult Primary Care Carries Unnecessary Risks, Especially for Children with Special Health Care Needs
(NY Times, 6/13/11, by Klass)

See the Data:
Among kids with special health care needs in California, 2005-06 data show that 48 percent had allergies (any type-not only food).

In 2005-06, 63 percent of California youth with special health care needs did not receive services to transition to adulthood.

Other Research and Reports

Recommendations for Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood
This Institute of Medicine report offers evidence-based recommendations that health care professionals, caregivers, and policymakers can take to prevent obesity in children ages 0 to 5. Early obesity prevention is becoming increasingly important, as studies have shown that overweight children are at risk for becoming obese adults. Some recommendations include promoting and supporting breastfeeding, increasing physical activity in child care settings, maximizing participation in federal nutrition assistance programs, and helping communities enhance access to affordable nutritious foods where families live. See a report brief here.

A Portrait of California
This report by the American Human Development Project examines the well being of the people of California, using the American Human Development Index. Accompanying the index are interactive maps that show dozens of measures of health, including child poverty, life expectancy at birth, school enrollment, unemployment, and much more. Users also can find data by county, zip code, metro area, and legislative district. Read the report at and see our recent blog post.

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