Reports: Health

Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates
Urban Institute, December 2017, 44 pp.
Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this brief finds that relatively few children ages 3 and younger were uninsured in 2015 nationally and in most states, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with increased coverage among both young children and their parents. However, 13.2 percent of the parents of young children were uninsured, higher than among parents of older children. Furthermore, nearly half of children ages 3 and younger--and over a fifth of their parents--were covered by Medicaid/CHIP in 2015; therefore, Medicaid/CHIP policy changes would have outsize effects on these families.   more info >

Minnesota Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region.   more info >

North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2017, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors.   more info >

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report.   more info >

Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years.   more info >

Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, January 2017, 16 pp.
This chartbook looks at the health status of rural and urban children from 2003–2012. Due principally to expansions in Medicaid eligibility, the national proportion of children who lacked health insurance declined during that time. The chartbook focuses on the demographics of rural children, their financial access to care, reported use of care, and parentally-reported health status.   more info >

Toward A More Equitable Future: The Trends and Challenges Facing America's Latino Children
National Council of La Raza, September 2016, 52 pp.
This data book offers an overview of national and state-level trends in the characteristics and well-being of Hispanic children. It shows that while Latinos have made important gains in several key areas of well-being in the last decade, Hispanic youth continue to lag behind white youth on other key social and economic indicators.   more info >

Without the Ties that Bind: Young Adults Who Lack Active Parental Relationships
Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, September 2016, 30 pp.
This study analyzes data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. It describes how common it is for young adults to lack active parental ties, identifies predictors of estrangement, and examines how individuals without parental ties are faring in adulthood.   more info >

Growing Up Healthy: 10 Years of Grant-Making An Initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, July 2016, 42 pp.
This report summarizes the lessons learned from the Blue Cross Foundation’s Growing up Healthy ten-year program designed to work across sectors to create an environment to nurture the healthy growth and development of young children and families.   more info >

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents Aged 2–19 Years: United States, 1963–1965 Through 2013–2014
National Center for Health Statistics, July 2016, 6 pp.
Results from the 2013–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 17.2% of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2–19 years are obese and another 16.2% are overweight   more info >

Hispanic Children Least Likely to Have Health Insurance Citizenship, Ethnicity, and Language Barriers to Coverage
Carsey School of Public Policy, June 2016, 6 pp.
This policy brief examines health insurance coverage of Hispanic children and its relationship to their citizenship status, their parents’ citizenship status, parents’ insurance coverage, language spoken at home, and their state’s Medicaid expansion policies.   more info >

Poverty and Child Health in the United States
American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2016, 16 pp.
Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socio-emotional development, and educational achievement. This report consists of a policy statement and a technical report describing current knowledge on child poverty and the mechanisms by which poverty influences the health and well-being of children.   more info >

After Years of Decline, Private Health Insurance Rates Among Children Grew in 2014
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, February 2016, 2 pp.
Fact sheet on changes in children's private health insurance coverage in the United States.   more info >

State Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance Coverage
SHADAC Data Center, February 2016, 56 pp.
This report examines data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to compare health insurance coverage from 2013 to 2014 and to detail five-year coverage trends (2010 to 2014) for children nationwide and at the state level.   more info >

School health profiles: Characteristics of health programs among secondary schools in selected U.S. sites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2015, 197 pp.
Summarizes results from a national survey measuring school health policies and practices. Profiles include information about health education, physical education, health services, healthy and safe school environment, and family and community involvement. Surveys are conducted every two years.   more info >

Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, October 2015
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk.   more info >

Many Eligible Children Don't Participate in School Nutrition Programs: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Improve
Carsey School of Public Policy, July 2015, 4 pp.
This brief uses data from the 2013 Current Population Survey's Food Security Supplement to document levels of participation in school nutrition programs by region and place type to identify areas of expansion.   more info >

Coverage Rates Stabilize for Children's Health Insurance: State Policy Change May Be Needed to Address Remaining Children Without Insurance
Carsey School of Public Policy, June 2015, 6 pp.
Providing children with health coverage has been recognized as key to childhood development and long-term health. This brief uses data from the American Community Survey to estimate children's health insurance coverage from 2008-2013 across the United States as well as by region, place type, and type of coverage.   more info >

Cradle to K Cabinet Plan to Address Early Childhood Disparities in Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis, May 2015, 42 pp.
Outlines a plan to improve achievement and lives of children of color by focusing on their early health and education. The focus is on children prenatal through age three. Goals areas outlined in the plan include a healthy start rich early experiences, stable housing, and high quality child care.   more info >

How Prevalent are Family Risk Factors among Minnesota Children who Receive Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare?
Minnesota Department of Human Services, April 2015, 32 pp.
More than 420,000 children (one-third of all the children in Minnesota) are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. The study looked at nearly 400,000 of these children who were living with a parent, many of whom were also enrolled in DHS safety net programs.   more info >

North Dakota Department of Health Children's Special Health Services: Reports
North Dakota Department of Health, January 2015
Provides links to reports from the Children's Special Health Services of the ND Department of Health, which conducts comprehensive, statewide assessments of the health and related needs of children with special health care needs and their families in North Dakota. The complete assessment includes data from a variety of sources including secondary data, state and national family surveys, family focus groups, and provider surveys.   more info >

The Economic Burden of the Environment on Two Childhood Diseases: Asthma and Lead Poisoning in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health, December 2014, 17 pp.
This report focuses on two important environmentally-related health conditions in Minnesota's children: asthma and blood lead poisoning. It documents the economic cost of both conditions in one year, 2010, and estimates the fraction that is attributable to environmental causes.   more info >

Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options
The Future of Children, September 2014, 24 pp.
Highlights research on the causes of food insecurity among children and the effectiveness of public policies in addressing food security, especially on more severe forms of food hardship.   more info >

Health Insurance Coverage Status for Children in North Dakota
Kids Count North Dakota, June 2014, 4 pp.
Health insurance coverage statistics for children in North Dakota.   more info >

The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually.   more info >

The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: A Research Synthesis
Urban Institute, September 2013, 57 pp.
This paper reviews and synthesizes research on five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. It also discusses some of the key pathways through which instability may affect child development and recommendations for policy and practice to alleviate instability's impact.   more info >

Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2013, 4 pp.
State-by-state look at changes in childhood obesity rates. Offers suggestions for ways state and local officials, parents, and others can address childhood obesity.   more info >

Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America's New Non-Majority Generation
Foundation for Child Development, July 2013, 37 pp.
This report examines the significant disparities in the education, economic well-being, and health of children in the U.S. based on their race-ethnicity and whether or not their parents are immigrants. It includes detailed policy recommendations for improving the lives and well-being of children, especially those most at risk.   more info >

Overview of Adverse Child and Family Experiences among North Dakota Children
North Dakota Department of Health, May 2013, 2 pp.
Prevalence of adverse child or family experiences for North Dakota children.   more info >

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2013, 16 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state.   more info >

Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children's Mental Health
Center for Children's Advocacy, March 2013, 24 pp.
This study analyzed school records in an effort to identify patterns that could be helpful in designing or strengthening identification and intervention strategies to reduce or prevent serious mental health issues in early adolescence.   more info >

Bullying and Children in the Child Welfare System
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, February 2013, 12 pp.
Provides an overview of the topic of bullying, as well as a guide to best practices and other resources for parents, caregivers and child welfare staff in addressing the issue.   more info >

Record Number of Children Covered by Health Insurance in 2011
Carsey Institute, February 2013, 4 pp.
Using data from the 2008 through 2011 American Community Survey, this brief describes rates of children’s health insurance coverage nationally, by region, and place type (that is, rural, suburban, and central city). In addition, it details the composition of coverage in the United States, specifically the proportion of children covered by private and public insurance   more info >

America's Children and the Environment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, January 2013, 504 pp.
Presents national data on children's environmental health. Indicators cover conditions in the environment such as air pollution, contaminants measured in children such as blood lead levels, and health conditions such as asthma.   more info >

Mental health disorders, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 10 pp.
Focuses on mental health disorders in adolescence. Includes prevalence rates, consequences and risk of mental disorders, treatment options, and barriers to accessing mental health care.   more info >

Access to mental health care, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 5 pp.
Focuses on access to mental health care for adolescents. The report describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services.   more info >

Positive mental health: Resilience, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses resilience in adolescence, including the characteristics that are associated with resilience, program strategies that promote resilience, and resources on the topic.   more info >

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota: Findings & Recommendations based on the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2013, 39 pp.
This report marks the first time that the Minnesota Department of Health has collected data regarding the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the lifelong health and well-being of adults in Minnesota. For two decades, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other states has demonstrated over and over again the powerful impact of ACEs on health, behavioral, and social problems. An extensive and growing body of research documents that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)--those causing toxic levels of stress or trauma before age 18--are specifically linked to poor physical and mental health, chronic disease, lower educational achievement, lower economic success, and impaired social success in adulthood.   more info >

North Dakota five-year needs assessment (2011-2015) for the maternal and child health services Title V block grant program
North Dakota Department of Health, October 2012, 204 pp.
This report focuses on the health care needs of different population groups within North Dakota, including pregnant women, mothers and infants to age 1; children and adolescents; and children and youth with special health-care needs. It provides an overview of the state’s challenges and a description of the state's selected priority needs.   more info >

Breastfeeding report card -- United States, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2012, 4 pp.
This report card provides both national and state-level data which enable communities to monitor breastfeeding progress.   more info >

African-American babies
Wilder Research, July 2012, 8 pp.
A 2011 report provides a snapshot of the status of African-American babies relative to other babies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. A 2012 report presents the results of community conversations about raising strong and healthy children.   more info >

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2012, 162 pp.
National survey that monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults (grades 9-12). The study addresses violence, tobacco and drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. Includes state-by-state comparisons.   more info >

The effects of state EITC expansion on children's health
Carsey Institute, May 2012, 6 pp.
This brief examines the impact of state-level adoption of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) on a set of health-related outcomes for children, including: health insurance coverage, use of preventive medical and dental care, and health status measures including maternal reports of child health and body mass index.   more info >

Results-based public policy strategies for promoting children's social, emotional and behavioral health
Center for the Study of Social Policy, March 2012, 19 pp.
Presents three overarching policy strategies for ensuring that children's mental health needs are identified and addressed. The paper includes specific examples and ways to ensure and sustain success.   more info >

The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: Focus on children in poverty
American Academy of Pediatrics, December 2011, 12 pp.
Discusses the importance of play and addresses issues that may deprive children who live in poverty from gaining the maximum benefit from play.   more info >

Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report, 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2011, 10 pp.
This report highlights selected behaviors, environments, and policies for each state that affect childhood obesity through support of healthy eating.   more info >

Immigrant Children: The Future of Children Spring 2011
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2011, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at the well-being of immigrant children and what can be done to improve their educational attainment, health, social and cognitive development, and long-term prospects for economic mobility.   more info >

Dakota County Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Dakota County Public Health Department was interested in developing strategies to provide effective health information materials to parents and caregivers of young children. Wilder Research staff conducted focus groups with parents and caregivers of young children to learn about key factors in childhood obesity prevention strategies, including eating healthy foods and developing healthy mealtime and exercise habits, communication preferences, and parent perceptions of childhood obesity.   more info >

Minnesota student survey, 1992-2010 trends: Behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of Minnesota's 6th, 9th and 12th graders
Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety, December 2010, 52 pp.
This report identifies trends in the prevalence of behaviors and attitudes of young people, based on 21 years of data from the Minnesota Student Survey. It highlights key indicators across many areas of interest, including: academics and school connectedness, school safety and violence, mental health, ATOD, sexual behavior and family structure.   more info >

Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media
American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2010, 9 pp.
Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding youth substance use and the media.   more info >

The Minnesota story: How advocates secured the first state law of its kind expanding children's access to dental care
Pew Center on the States, September 2010, 15 pp.
Describes how Minnesota passed a law to incrMinnesota_Story_brief(1).pdfease children's access to dental care.   more info >

Uninsured children: Who are they and where do they live?
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute, August 2010, 193 pp.
This report uses data from the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) to provide detailed state estimates of uninsured children, including uninsured rates for children with different demographic, socioeconomic and family characteristics in each state.   more info >

Solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, May 2010, 124 pp.
This report is part of the “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. It details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. It presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away.   more info >

State indicator report on physical activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2010, 15 pp.
Includes state-level data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do.   more info >

Promoting healthy lifestyles: The impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Triple Play Program on healthy eating, exercise patterns, and developmental outcomes
Youth Development Strategies, August 2009, 21 pp.
Evaluation of a multi-faceted program for youth designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle.  The study found improvements in nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and exercise habits, peer interactions, and club culture and structure. Positive outcomes were found across the range of clubs even though clubs used different approaches and served different populations.   more info >

Preventing low birthweight
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 17 pp.
This brief describes five strategies for reducing the rate of low birth weight births.   more info >

Reducing infant mortality
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
This KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief describes six strategies that are essential to any plan aimed at further reducing the infant mortality rate.   more info >

Reducing the child death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 12 pp.
This brief offers strategies to address both the larger socioeconomic forces and some of the specific hazards that threaten the well-being, even the lives, of children ages one to 14.   more info >

Reducing the teen birth rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 17 pp.
This KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief describes six strategies that can contribute to preventing teen pregnancy.   more info >

Reducing the teen death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 15 pp.
This brief offers broad strategies that address the underlying causes of the nation’s high teen mortality rates and the three leading causes of teen death—motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide.   more info >

MInnesota's Children 2009
Child Welfare League of America, January 2009, 7 pp.
Compiles state data on the status of children on indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, violence, and income support.   more info >

High school and youth trends in drug abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse, December 2007, 5 pp.
The goal of this survey is to study the extent of and beliefs about drug use among high school students.  It collects data on past month, past year, and lifetime drug use and has been administered annually since 1975.   more info >

Differences in adolescent risk factors by "place size": 2007 Minnesota Student Survey statewide data
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2007, 41 pp.
Uses Minnesota Student Survey data to analyze adolescent risk behaviors by the size of the place in which they live and go to school.   more info >

Young Children of Substance Users: The Case for Alcohol and Other Drug Education
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, May 2005, 28 pp.
Newsletter focusing on young children of substance users, including information on risk and protective factors for addiction, reducing risk factors, and interventions.   more info >

Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota
Wilder Research, March 2005, 12 pp.
Key results and lessons learned from Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota, an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to provide and increase awareness and access to preventive health and dental care. Outlines the methods, results, and learnings of nine organizations around the state that received grants. Focused particularly on the needs of immigrant communities and communities of color.   more info >

Children's mental health: new developments in policy and programs
National Institute for Health Care Management, March 2005, 13 pp.
An action brief developed from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation forum that was focused on children's mental health issues held in May, 2004.   more info >

Common psychosocial problems of school aged youth: developmental variations, problems, disorders and perspectives for prevention and treatment
UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools, November -0001, 250 pp.
Designed as a "desk reference aid,"  includes sections on labeling, environmental situations, and potentially stressful events;  programs to address behavioral, emotional, and learning problems; frequently identified psychosocial problems; and a listing of resources, agencies, and organizations.   more info >

Web sites

CDC Adolescent and School Health
Information, data, and statistics on youth health topics.   more info >
Presents measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis for states, counties, large cities, and metropolitan areas.   more info >

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It features data and resources on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Includes child welfare-related laws and policies, adoption agencies, support groups, and other information for each state.   more info >

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