Status of Oregons Children: 1998 County Data Book. Special Focus: Childrens Health Care.Reportar como inadecuado

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This Kids Count report examines statewide trends in the well-being of Oregon's children, focusing on children's health care. The statistical portrait is based on indicators of well-being including: (1) children's insurance coverage; (2) health care access; (3) health outcomes, including immunization rates and early prenatal care; (4) juvenile arrests; (5) teen pregnancy rates; (6) suicide attempts; (7) high school dropout rate; (8) eighth grade reading and mathematics proficiency; (9) child abuse and neglect rate; (10) low birth weight infants; and (11) child care supply. The bulk of the document is comprised of key statewide and county findings on child health care, and general county indicators of well-being. The report also describes state programs designed to expand child health care. Findings indicate that although Oregon has reduced the percentage of children without health insurance since 1990, nearly 10 percent were uninsured in 1998, an increase from 1996. Nearly 25 percent of uninsured children were eligible for insurance through a parent's employer, but parents could not afford the employee's share of the health plan. The availability of health care providers varies greatly across the state, with many families facing additional barriers to health care access, such as lack of transportation. In 1997, 73 percent of 2-year-olds were current for basic immunizations. About 80 percent of infants were born to mothers who had received early prenatal care. In the 1990s, the leading causes of child death were motor vehicle accidents, suicide, cancer, and homicide. Data notes and sources complete the report. (KB)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Weight, Child Health, Counties, Demography, Health Insurance, Health Needs, Health Programs, Health Promotion, Health Services, Incidence, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Well Being, Youth Problems

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Autor: Children First for Oregon, Portland.


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