California Report Card, 2003

Nov 01, 2003

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A child’s health derives from a complex mix of individual, family and community factors and the public policy environments in which they interact. In the case of a child with asthma, for instance, current evidence points to several conditions that can lead to development of the disease, including genetic susceptibility, low birthweight, inadequate housing and nutrition, and air pollution. Having access to health care and following prescribed treatments make a difference in an asthmatic child’s quality of life. On a larger scale, public policy decisions affect the causes of asthma, the environments in which asthmatic children must manage their condition and the quality of care children receive.

This year’s California Report Card focuses on some of the central issues in children’s health, including infant health, health insurance and access to care, oral health, nutrition and physical fitness, and mental health. The release of data from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey ever conducted in the U.S. with over 50,000 respondents, gives us a wealth of new information on children’s health behaviors and outcomes.

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