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Report: 'Life And Death' Differences in U.S. Child Well-Being Exist Between Top and Bottom States, Youths Up to Three Times More Likely to Die Before Adulthood in Some Parts of U.S.
Date:4/2/2008

The Forgotten 2008 Campaign Issue? "Shocking" Disparities Show That "Geography Matters" for U.S. Children; AZ, SD, NV, AR, SC, TX, OK, NM, MS and LA Identified as 10 Bottom States by Key Child Well-Being Measures

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The states of Louisiana and Vermont may be part of the same nation, but they are worlds apart when it comes to the well-being of children living within their borders. Across the United States, where a child is born and raised can make a shockingly large difference to their chances of getting and staying healthy and then surviving to adulthood, according to a major new report released today by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF).

Entitled "Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States," the ECMEF report concludes: "There exists a huge gap among states on a wide variety of child well-being indicators. The state they live in should not adversely influence the life and death of children -- but it does. Such inequalities affect all Americans, rich and poor alike, and weaken both our economy and our democracy. Children in the lowest ranking state are:

-- Twice as likely to die in their first year as children in the highest ranking state.

-- Three times more likely to die between the ages of one-14.

-- Roughly three times more likely to die between the ages of 15-19.

-- Three times more likely to be born to a teenage mother.

-- Five times more likely to have mothers who received late or no prenatal care.

-- Three times more likely to live in poverty.

-- Five times more likely to be uninsured.

-- Eight times more likely to be incarcerated.

-- 13 times more likely to die from abuse and neglect."

Based on a wide cross-section of 10 major child well-being standards, the 10 bottom states identified in the Every Child Matters Education Fund report are: Arizona (41); South Dakota (
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SOURCE Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF), Washington,D.C.
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