Data Tell a Powerful Story about Racial Inequities

Dear Kidsdata Community,

The appalling deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of racism have caused immense pain for communities across the country, for all of us at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and for our colleagues in the Stanford Medicine community. Our country’s longstanding and deeply embedded racial bias, injustice, and discrimination stand in direct contrast to our values and mission to improve health for children, moms, and families. Yet, every day we see the disparities in health outcomes for Black children and communities of color.

We recognize at the Foundation and through Kidsdata that we have a powerful and privileged position to use data and resources to practice anti-racism and inspire change. We look forward to sharing our next steps in the coming weeks, and we welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Please send your ideas to


Infant Mortality Rate: 2012-2016

Data expose the consequences of racial injustice. But, data do not produce change. It’s you and I who must make the change. We wield data to expose the inequities and stoke the passion for transformation. We draw on data to help us remake policies and institutions to eradicate racist behaviors, practices, and violence.

Black children, from birth to young adulthood, experience the burden of systemic and institutionalized racism in health care, education, juvenile justice, and other social institutions. In California, persistent disparity has gone on for far too long, and the data continue to show us areas to prioritize in children’s health and well-being.


  • Black infants are less likely to be born to mothers who had received prenatal care than white infants (79% versus 88%)
  • Black mothers who recently gave birth are more likely to report that they had four or more hardships in their youth than white mothers (12% versus 9%)
  • Black infants are more likely to die than white infants (10 per 1,000 infants versus 4 per 1,000)

Adolescence and Transition to Adulthood

  • Black students are less likely to graduate from high school than white youth (73% versus 87%)
  • Black students are less likely to complete college preparatory courses than their white peers (36% versus 52%)
  • Black youth ages 10 to 17 are more likely to be arrested than white youth (20 per 1,000 versus 2 per 1,000)

Safety, Violence, and Death

  • Black students in 7th, 9th, and 11th grade and non-traditional programs feel more unsafe at school than their white peers (12% versus 6%)
  • Black babies and youth ages one to 24 are more likely to die than white youth (59 per 100,000 versus 31 per 100,000)
  • The leading cause of death among Black youth ages one to 24 is homicide which is 10 times the rate for white youth (21 per 100,000 versus 2 per 100,000)

Leveraging data and remaking policies and institutions would mean that more Black infants, children, and youth will live, Black children will feel safe, and Black young adults will have opportunity through education to become healthy, economically secure adults. At Kidsdata, we will continue to provide data that expose inequity and bring the most egregious findings to your attention. Please use them to transform our policies and institutions.

Summary and Fact Sheet Describing African American/Black Children in California »

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about high school graduation and college eligibility. See links to the latest here.

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