Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Child Deaths and Injuries

The most common non-fatal hospitalized injuries for children have remained fairly consistent over the course of the decade. The types of injuries suffered change with age, but falls and motor vehicle trauma consistently appear across all age categories, 0-24.


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Why is this important?

  • Death and injury rates indicate the effectiveness of health and safety education, outreach, and prevention programs.
  • Death and injury information provides insight into preventable dangers that children face in the community.

How are we doing?

  • Across all age categories, unintentional falls and unintentional motor vehicle trauma are predominant issues in Sacramento County.
  • Unintentional falls account for 18% of all non-fatal hospitalized injuries for children, youth, and young adults ages 0-24.
  • Falls outnumber the next leading cause of injury for 0-14 year-olds by a 3 to 1 margin.
  • Deliberately inflicted injury to self (attempted suicide) or others (assault/homicide) account for 26% of all non-fatal hospitalized injuries for youth and young adults 10-24.

Child Deaths

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Why is this important?

  • Identifying how and why children die tells us a great deal about the well being of children in our community, and can facilitate the creation and implementation of strategies to prevent child deaths.

How are we doing?

  • Nearly three-quarters of all child deaths (age 0-17) in 2010 and 2011 were caused by Perinatal Conditions (42%) and Congenital Anomalies (32%).
  • More than 7% of all child deaths (age 0-17) were the result of homicide.
  • Between 2007 and 2011, 60% of youth deaths (age 10-17) were injury related.
  • 19% of youth age 10-17 died as a result of homicide betweeen 2007 and 2011, and 12% died as a result of suicide.
  • 17% of youth age 10-17 died in motor vehicle related accidents.

Data Source for Non-Fatal Injuries: California Department of Public Health; EPICenter

Data Source for Child Deaths: Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC)

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:22