Report Finds Racial Disparities in Kids’ Access to Health Education
African-American, Latino and American Indian children in California have significantly less access to health and education opportunities than Asian and white children in the state, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KQED's "The California Report" reports (Dornhelm, "The California Report," KQED, 4/1).
The report examined four categories:
- Early childhood education;
- Education and early work;
- Family supports; and
- Neighborhood contexts (Stockton Record, 4/1).
Within those categories, the report looked at 12 indicators to measure "a child's opportunity to thrive," including:
- Access to preschool;
- Birthweight; and
- Math and reading proficiency.
Researchers then scored racial and ethnic groups on a scale of zero to 1,000, with 1,000 being the highest score.
According to the report:
- Asian and Pacific Islander children in California had the highest score, at 768;
- White children scored 748;
- American Indian children scored 529;
- Latino children scored 405; and
- African American children scored 395.
Sarah de Guia, director of government affairs at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, said, "It is very important that we look at all policies through a health lens," noting that multiple factors, including a child's home environment and their access to reliable transportation, can affect children's overall health.
Nadereh Pourat -- professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health -- said the state should look for "multicultural solutions" to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations in California ("The California Report," KQED, 4/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.