In a report, just released on the well being of kids across the country, Arizona ranked 46th. It’s the same spot our state held down last year. The report highlights some of the key areas where we need to improve in order to reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation.
The ‘Kids Count’ databook, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, gave Arizona particularly low scores in the areas of kids living in poverty, pre-school opportunities, and the number of Arizona children with no health insurance (12 percent….the national average is 7 percent).
On the positive side, the number of Arizona teenagers who say they abuse drugs or alcohol dropped dramatically compared to other states and our state’s teen pregnancies also fell.
You can dig into the report numbers for Arizona here. Take a look and let us know what you think we need to do to raise these numbers by the time the 2016 rankings are released.