Reports: Children's 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 >

Strong at the Broken Places: The Resiliency of Low-Income Parents
National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2017, 20 pp.
By examining factors that promote or hinder children’s healthy development, this policy report draws on recent studies to illustrate the importance of parent resiliency in the development of social-emotional competence among low-income children. The report concludes with program and policy recommendations that have proven effective in promoting the development of protective factors, reducing vulnerabilities, and cultivating resiliency among low-income parents and, consequently, their children.   more info >

Basic Facts About Low-Income Children Fact Sheets
National Center for Children in Poverty, January 2017
These fact sheets describe the demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic characteristics of children and their parents. They highlight important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children from their less disadvantaged counterparts.   more info >

Art as Intervention: Evaluation of a Trauma-Informed Creative Arts Program for Young Children
Wilder Research, September 2016, 28 pp.
Children's Theatre Company developed a series of trauma-informed creative arts workshops to help children experiencing toxic stress develop social emotional skills and resilience. They worked with early childhood organizations to implement the workshops with young children. The evaluation looks at early impacts of the program, promising practices, and lessons learned.   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 >

Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach Report: Key Indicators of Early Childhood Development in Minnesota, County by County
Wilder Research, September 2015, 99 pp.
Presents indicators of risk to the healthy development of young children and the extent of coverage of publicly-funded services to meet their needs. Data are provided by Minnesota county.   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 >

Infant Mortality Reduction Plan for Minnesota: Part I
Minnesota Department of Health, March 2015, 80 pp.
This baseline report is part one of Minnesota's infant mortality reduction plan. The plan contains infant mortality baseline data for the 2006-2010 period, and it outlines seven broad recommendations to achieve infant mortality reduction in the state by 2020.   more info >

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   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 >

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 >

March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Cards
March of Dimes, December 2012, 3 pp.
Presents data on premature birth rates for each state.   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 >

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 >

Maternal Depression and Early Childhood
Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, April 2011, 57 pp.
Every untreated case of maternal depression in Minnesota is estimated to cost society at a minimum $23,000 per year in terms of lost productivity for both mother and child. This report examines the research findings in maternal depression and early childhood, the implications for Minnesota policy, and option to decrease the prevalence and impact of maternal depression in the state.   more info >

Breastfeeding supports and challenges: Mothers' perspectives on health care, worksites and social influences
Wilder Research and the Minnesota Department of Health, October 2010, 70 pp.
Examines the social and physical environmental conditions that impact women's decisions to breastfeed. The Minnesota Department of Health and Wilder Research conducted focus groups and interviews with a diverse cross section of mothers of infants in Minnesota. This report summarizes participants' responses in relation to their experiences with health care settings, worksites, and social influences.   more info >

Reducing Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity: The Role of Early Life Risk Factors
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010, 12 pp.
Looks at racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity.   more info >

Painting a brighter picture of infant and early childhood mental health in Greater Minnesota
Minnesota Thrive Initiative, January 2010, 16 pp.
Describes the collaborative efforts of several entities to strengthen local support networks to ensure the social and emotional well-being of children 0-5. The report includes six case studies from around Greater Minnesota and lessons learned through the project.   more info >

Delayed Childbearing: More Women are Having Their First Child Later in Life
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, August 2009, 8 pp.
This report compiles statistics on the average age of women having their first child. The age of the mother, both younger and older, plays a strong role in a wide range of birth outcomes.   more info >

Early childhood Minnesota
Wilder Research, June 2009, 24 pp.
Looks at indicators and strategies for Minnesota’s early childhood system. Presents data for 22 indicators of child and family health and well-being and system indicators of quality and access. Indicators represent four, overlapping themes: early learning, family support, health/mental health, and special needs/early intervention. The report also identifies a set of key strategies for improving outcomes for young children. A special analysis highlights disparities in income, race, and geography that adversely affect the health and well-being of Minnesota children under age 6 and their families.   more info >

Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation
University of Minnesota, February 2009
This study began in 1975 and is currently in its 36th year. It focuses on social relationship experiences: how people think about their experiences, risk and protective factors, and issues of continuity and change. The overarching goal of the project has been to trace the course of individual development and to understand factors that guide it toward good outcomes or poor outcomes.   more info >

Project thrive: Reducing disparities beginning in early childhood
National Center for Children in Poverty, July 2007, 8 pp.
Research about disparities with origins in early childhood and the role of state early childhood comprehensive systems in reducing disparities.   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 >

The health and well-being of young children of immigrants
Urban Institute, November 2003, 42 pp.
This report focuses on the health and well-being of young children under six in immigrant families. Sections include: immigration trends and impacts; poverty, family structure, and parents' work; risk factors for poor school performance; hardship and benefit use; health status and insurance coverage; and child care arrangements.   more info >

Web sites

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Presents state and national data on children's health. Indicators include: overall health status, asthma, socio-emotional difficulties, preventive health and dental care, early childhood experience, repetition of grade, reading, and attending religious services.   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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