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Resources by Topic: Children and youth

Relative Foster Care Is Increasing Among American Indian and Alaska Native Children in Foster Care
Provides information on the percentage increase of relative foster care among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children between 2018 and 2021 in 8 states with the largest proportion of AI/AN children.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Child Trends
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Infant Mortality Alabama 2022
Reports Alabama infant mortality and birth statistics, including data comparisons between 2022 and selected years. Also provides county-level data for the years 2020-2022, and includes a map of infant mortality rates and totals by county of residence.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Substance Use Among Rural Adolescents With Incarcerated Parents: Evidence From a State-Wide Sample
Presents a study on the potential correlation between parental incarceration and rural adolescent substance use. Draws data from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey and breaks down findings by age, household substance use, and poverty, among other factors.
Author(s): Luke Muentner, Katie K. McLaughlin, Rebecca Shlafer
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Coverage: United States, 2022
Reports on rates of people who had private health insurance, public insurance, and who were uninsured according to the 2022 National Health Interview Survey. Presents coverage rates by urbanization level for adults aged 18-64 and for children aged 0-17.
Author(s): Emily P. Terlizzi, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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National and State Level Estimates of WIC Eligibility and Program Reach in 2021, Final Report, Volume 1
Compares eligibility versus participation in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits in 2021 using Community Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC), American Community Survey (ACS), and National Vital Statistics data. Discusses trends over time for infants and pregnant women as well as by breastfeeding status, race and ethnicity, Medicaid participation, urbanicity. Includes state and regional comparisons.
Additional links: Appendices, Volume 2, Summary
Author(s): Courtenay Kessler, Andrew Bryant, Kate Munkacsy, Kelsey Farson Gray
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Vaccination Coverage by Age 24 Months Among Children Born in 2019 and 2020 — National Immunization Survey-Child, United States, 2020–2022
Examines vaccination coverage for selected vaccines and doses among children born in 2019-2020. Supplementary Table 1 includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas by year and vaccine for birth years 2016 through 2020.
Additional links: Supplementary Table 1
Author(s): Holly A. Hill, David Yankey, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 72(44), 1190-1196
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Pennsylvania Oral Health Basic Screening Survey: 2021-2022 Oral Health Basic Screening Survey of Third-Graders
Provides a comprehensive overview of the oral health status of third-grade Pennsylvania children. Features statistics including treated and untreated decay, dental sealants, and urgent need for care, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Burden of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health and Related Behavioral Stressors of Students in Pennsylvania Schools
Results of a study investigating the stress effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural and urban Pennsylvania students' mental health. Uses primary and secondary data to compute a mental health stress index of youth mental stress levels and to examine the impact of the pandemic on youth behaviors.
Author(s): S.N. Gajanan
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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RCORP - Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Grantee Directory: 2023 Cohort
Provides contact information and initial project information for 9 initiatives funded under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health grant program for 2023. Projects focus on establishing and expanding sustainable behavioral healthcare services and to prevent substance misuse for children and adolescents aged 5-17 years who live in rural communities.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, JBS International, Inc.
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Rural Child Hunger Summit 2023
Provides the presentations from the 2023 Rural Child Hunger Summit, with a focus on best practices and innovative solutions from experts invested in addressing food access for rural children. Includes videos of the presentations and their corresponding slide decks as well as information on the presenters.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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