Child health report reveals steady improvement in NC
Posted March 9, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — The group NC Child issued its 20th annual Child Health Report Card Monday in advance of a Child Health Summit, a joint effort between NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.
The report found North Carolina children improving on several measures:
- The percentage of uninsured children declined,
- the teen pregnancy rate fell,
- and the number of infant deaths went down.
On the negative side of the scale:
- More than a third of adolescents in North Carolina are overweight,
- more high schoolers are using e-cigarettes,
- and the child poverty rate went up.
NC Child noted significantly health gains over the past 20 years, and the report says that progress is cause for optimism about the future.
But the group also says progress is not accidental. It's the direct result of strategic, data-driven investments in children's health and well-being.
The Child Health Summit takes place on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.