The health status of children is an indicator of the overall well-being of a community. In some areas, children in Sacramento County have poorer outcomes than their counterparts statewide. For example, Sacramento County has higher rates of sexually transmitted infections in youth and higher prevalence of asthma than the surrounding region. In other areas, Sacramento County children’s health shows very positive results. For example, over the past decade there has been strong progress in the number of children who are now insured and great improvements in oral health. Because health in childhood impacts the opportunity to be healthy and prosperous as an adult, particular emphasis must be put on improving the health of children.