This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, a report highlighting indicators of a child’s success through each stage of life. This report shows that children on a national level are not meeting all the milestones outlined for leading a healthy and successful life – but these opportunities vary depending on a child’s racial/ethnic background.
The Race for Results index compiles data about birth weights, teen pregnancy rates, reading proficiency at different grade levels, and high school graduation rates as well as information about children’s families like whether children live in two-parent homes or with an adult who has at least a high school diploma. Racial/ethnic groups were given an overall composite score based on these results, on a scale of 1-1,000 with 1,000 being the highest. Asian and Pacific Islander children (776) and white children (704) had the highest scores, but scores for Latino (404), American Indian (387), and African American (345) children were much lower.
The latest NPCH Report about the top 10 health concerns for kids in the eyes of adults in their communities also showed clear differences among different race/ethnic groups. Hispanic adults listed bullying as their number two concern for kids’ health and both Hispanic adults and black adults listed school violence in their top 10 lists – a concern that was not on the top 10 list for white adults. Additionally, black adults listed gun related injuries as their number eight concern, while white adults and Hispanic adults did not list gun related injuries in their top 10 children’s health concerns. Read the full report: Top child health concerns: Obesity, drug abuse and smoking.
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Dr. Matt Davis, NPCH Director and primary care pediatrician, discusses these results and the key differences among adults from different race/ethnicities in this video: