A Child is a Child: A Snapshot of Children's Health in California

A Child is a Child: A Snapshot of Children’s Health in California

As our nation and state’s child population continues to grow increasingly diverse, we must activate efforts and implement strategies that address the immediate and long term health and wellbeing of all children, regardless of background. Specifically, we must acknowledge the health inequities that continue to persist in the lives of marginalized children in California and in the rest of the nation. 

To provide a snapshot of the health needs of our children, The Children’s Partnership developed a series of fact sheets as part of its “A Child is a Child” campaign. This campaign unites a strong and diverse coalition of individuals and organizations to fight for the right of every child to grow and succeed.

The #AChildIsAChild fact sheet series uplifts factors that contribute to disparate health outcomes, such as food insecurity, poverty, childhood trauma, and the many systemic inequities that persist in the lives of marginalized children.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Children’s Health Snapshot: June 2020

We are proud to celebrate and honor Pride Month 2020 by by highlighting the health of over 100,000 LGBTQ+ youth that live in our state. 

This June, with the third fact sheet in our #AChildIsAChild series, we’re uplifting the inequities that surround the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in California and impact their success and healthy development.

As the fact sheet highlights, LGBTQ+ youth face disproportionate structural barriers as they navigate through life, whether it’s living in a stable home, or being accepted, safe and protected at school. Over 75% of LGBTQ+ youth identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), thus, any discussions about improving the lives of LGBTQ+ youth must also include dismantling structural racism that perpetuates the inequities highlighted in the fact sheet.  

It is our hope that advocates, policy-makers, parents, guardians, teachers and others use this fact sheet to better understand where systemic inequities exist in order to be stronger allies to the LGBTQ+ youth that live in our state.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Children’s Health Snapshot: May 2020

As we celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month, this year, we want to highlight the health of California’s nearly 1.1 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children today.

As #AChildIsAChild, Asian and Pacific Islander children have the right to be treated as such, and the second fact sheet in our series works to acknowledge the inequities facing AANHPI children in California that impact their success and healthy development.

These data are especially relevant as members of the AANHPI community and their children have been targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus or COVID-19. We stand with our partners in denouncing these actions and urge our network to support AANHPI and dispel anti-Asian stereotypes. Please visit Asian Americans Advancing Justice for more information and to report incidents of hate.

Black Children’s Health Snapshot: February 2020

“As #AChildIsAChild, Black children have the right to be treated as such, and the first fact sheet in our series works to acknowledge the inequities facing Black children in California that impact their success and healthy development.

Citations

The Children’s Partnership collected Black children’s data from U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year population estimates. This does not include Black children who also identify as multiracial. All numbers in this fact sheet have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Original data and sources are available here.

The Children’s Partnership collected AANHPI children’s data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year population estimates as well as from KidsData.org. The data is disaggregated between and within AANHPI communities where possible. All numbers in this fact sheet have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Original data and sources are available here.

The Children’s Partnership collected LGBTQ+ children’s data from various sources. Original data and sources are available here.