Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 16:57

Health Care Access

Parents have a variety of options for health care coverage for their children, including private insurance, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and a locally administered program called Healthy Kids. It is estimated that over 97% of children in Sacramento County have medical coverage.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:09

Prenatal Care

Early prenatal care allows for screening of both the mother’s and the baby’s health to help improve likelihood of a healthy birth. The percentage of women receiving early prenatal care in Sacramento County lags slightly behind statewide rates. Still, four out of five women receive care
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 17:11

Adolescent Health

The risks associated with sexual behaviors of teens – namely teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases – have lifelong impacts. Sacramento County reports much higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases among its 15-24 year old population than California overall,

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 18:07

Dental Health

Sacramento County has enjoyed progress in the oral health of its children over the past decade. The proportion of children with healthy teeth and gums has increased from about half to more than two-thirds. But even with these improvements, challenges remain,
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:30

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and fitness are fundamental components to maintaining personal health. It is especially important to establish good eating and exercise habits early in life, as 70% of overweight children are likely to be overweight as adults. Although Sacramento County
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:17

Infant Mortality

Infant mortality rates have seen fluctuations, but no consistent improvement or decline over the past decade. As is the case nationwide, infant mortality rates are much higher – two to three times higher – in the African American community than in
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 17:14


The re-emergence of vaccine preventable diseases, such as whooping cough, have placed immunizations back in the news. Immunization rates for children in the North Central Valley Region (includes Sacramento County) are slightly lower than
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 17:34

Air Quality and Asthma

Air quality and asthma continue to be major health challenges for children growing up in Sacramento County. A positive note is that both the number of Spare the Air Days and the proportion of children diagnosed with Asthma have decreased over the
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:40