To reach our goal of one day making Arizona the healthiest state in the nation, we will need to improve our state’s health numbers in a lot of areas. A new report that looked at the best states to raise kids shows just how much work still needs to be done.
Arizona ranked 46th in a national survey on child well-being….finishing ahead of only Nevada, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi. From the Arizona Republic.
The state finished 46th out of the 50 states in a survey that looked at factors ranging from the percentage of kids living in poverty, to the teen birthrate to access to health care. The report is based on data from the 2015 mid-year census.
The ranking is a step back from last year, when Arizona finished 45th nationally. But in many areas, Arizona actually improved its performance, seeing gains in areas even as it slipped compared to other states.
“Yes, we got better in a lot of areas,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, which analyzed the statistics compiled by the foundation “But so did other states.”
A child’s chances of thriving depend not just on individual, familial and community characteristics, but also on the state in which she or he is born and raised,” the study reads. “States vary considerably in their amount of wealth and other resources. State policy choices and investments also strongly influence children’s chances for success.”
The troubling results come on the heels of another recent study on the best and worst states for children’s health care. The Payson Roundup wrote, “Hey kids — if you’re going to get sick, don’t do it in Arizona. Arizona ranks 49th nationally when it comes to children’s health, according to an unsettling national survey based on a variety of statistics and published on the WalletHub website.
The study looked at a wide array of measures of children’s health including health status, obesity, medical insurance, infant death rates, doctors, dental health and other measures. In all, the study considered 28 different indicators of children’s health — including ages 0-17.”
We may not like the results of these two recent studies, but we can use them as motivation to find new ways to improve the health of Arizona’s children. Share your thoughts on how we can drive better health among all Arizonans. Working together to solve the health issues facing our state will help us take a huge step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!