The Health Resources and Services Administration’s
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to present
Child Health USA 2006, the 17th annual report on
the health status and service needs of America’s children.
The Bureau’s vision is that of a future nation in which
the right to grow to one’s full potential is universally
assured through attention to the comprehensive physical,
psychological, and social needs of the maternal and child
population. To assess the Bureau’s progress toward achieving
this vision, MCHB has compiled this book of secondary data
for more than 50 health status and health care indicators.
It provides both graphical and textual summaries of relevant
data, and addresses longterm trends where applicable and
All of the data discussed within the text
of these pages is from the same sources as the information
in the corresponding graphs (unless otherwise noted). Data
are presented for the target populations of Title V funding:
infants, children, adolescents, children with special health
care needs, and women of childbearing age. Child Health
USA 2006 addresses health status and health services
utilization, as well as insight into the nation’s progress
toward the goals set out in the MCHB’s strategic plan—to
assure quality of care, eliminate barriers and health disparities,
and improve the health infrastructure and systems of care.
Child Health USA is published
to provide the most current data available for public health
professionals and other individuals in the private and public
sectors. The book’s succinct format is intended to facilitate
the use of the information as a snapshot of measures of
children’s health in the United States.
Characteristics is the first section, and presents
statistics on factors that influence the well-being of children,
including poverty, education, and child care. The second
section, entitled Health
Status, contains vital statistics and health
behavior information for the maternal and child health population.
Services Financing and Utilization, the third
section, includes data regarding health care financing and
newly implemented health policies. The final sections, State
Data and City
Data, contain information on selected indicators
at those levels. Please note that Child Health USA
is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use
all or part of the information contained herein.