USA: 2011 Kids Count Report

Posted on August 19, 2011


USA: God bless the Annie E. Casey Foundation for keeping tabs on the well-being of our nation’s kids. Yesterday, they released their annual report which offers an unvarnished state-by-state snapshot on the overall health of our children. As usual, the state I live in, Missouri, came dragging in towards the tail end of the pack. A state ranking of #34 gives it a solid D+ in my book. Pitiful. I have lived in Missouri most of my life and have never known it to rise above the level of Solid Mediocrity. Well, I’ll tell ya, mediocrity kills, and I’m tired of it.

HealthCare PSI is in the midst of rolling out a pilot program for early detection and diagnosis of asthma and other breathing-related disorders for K-12 school children. Why asthma? Because 10% of our nation’s kids are already being treated for the condition, and we don’t know how many more are undiagnossed. Because 5,000 people die each year from asthma. Because Missouri has a disproportionately high rate of those deaths – 10%. 500 people! And there is no program in place to address it. Failure to treat, failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are all forms of preventable medical harm. Falls within our mission. While we can’t save the world at this early point in our organization’s evolution, we CAN do something about this one problem. Hey, every movement starts somewhere. Next week I’ll introduce you to our program.  Today, you should read the 2011 KIDS COUNT Report and see how the kids in your state are faring.

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